11/09/11 192 W, 6 I - + 0 - 6 Scenes From South Florida

Top to bottom, left to right. Wildland fire apparatus seen at Everglades National Park, at a location called "fire cache" on the map. About fifteen minutes from the Homestead, FL, entrance. Airport crash truck in Marathon, FL. One of two rigs, the second was a quick-attack mini-pumper. The town has two fire stations, this one with bays facing both the airport and Highway 1. GMC/Saulsbury monster pumper-tanker operated by the county fire department. No quick-dump on the thing. They don't use drop tanks in those parts. The roads are too narrow for shuttles, and there are drafting sources around every corner. Said one firefighter: homeowners know that we'll be driving across their lawns, if they have a fire. American LaFrance 700 series aerial ladder in Marathon, ex-New Jersey. Still runs fine, still passes ladder tests. Now a parade piece. Wife entirely amused that I spotted the thing in the rear bay, while approaching the station on the highway. It's called Tiller Vision. The Turtle Hospital, also in Marathon. Sea turtle rescue group. To the Turtle Mobile! No swimming, no kidding. Everglades National Park. Click to enlarge:

“Tiller vision” – love it :)
Paul - 11/09/11 - 09:30

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