Those of you who read my blog have read about The Fire Critic (Rhett Fleitz) and Iron Firemen (Willie Wines). I have been friends with these guys for quite a while now, and I would never miss an opportunity to catch up. This week, I traveled up to their neck of the woods in Virginia for a concert. I found out Rhett was on shift at Station 3, and he invited me to stop by for dinner. Anyone that is ever offered a firehouse cooked meal better not refuse. You can read about how The Fire Critic takes care of visitors in his recent post HERE.
As soon as we arrived at Station 3, they were returning off of a run. We were welcomed by all of the guys, and they made us feel right at home. After a quick station tour, Cpt. Wines showed up. He was coming in to work for Rhett the rest of the shift, so he showed up early enough to eat with us. The food was amazing! Since the fire guys had been busy, they had the Medic unit throw the ham in the oven, the mashed potatoes on the stove, and had the green beans cooking up as well. It was a great meal, and most importantly, in great company!
Brotherhood is what is it about. I know most people who aren’t in the fire service may not understand, but it never ceases to amaze me how other “brothers” in the fire service take care of one another. How many professions can say that they will go above and beyond for others who work in the same profession? Do you think if I was an accountant, I could drop by the office of another accountant in a city miles away and be treated like that? I think not! Lt. Fleitz and Cpt. Wines talk the talk AND they walk the walk. I appreciate everything they have done for the fire service in general. They help keep the brotherhood alive. I even received one of their brand new t-shirts they had made up by Crosstitched. You can sport one for only $15. Click here to order one. I dropped off a few of our Local’s shirts and our station challenge coins we recently started having made by NM Coin. (You can read my product review by clicking HERE)
I am going to be in Texas this week with Eastman Chemical at their plant in Longview doing some fire training. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to meet other guys, share experiences, and hopefully learn a thing or two. I will post an update after I return later this week.
Next time you have another firefighter call you up from out of town or just simply stop by for a tour, be sure that you take the time to give them A+ treatment. Be sure that you treat them the way you would expect to be treated. They are guests, and a little courtesy goes a long way.