Some firefighting, a little riding on tailboards and a lot of cocktails
So I'm putting this all down now before I forget everything. I will add more to it as I have time.
For a few years out of high school I went on a little adventure.
September 11, 1989 I entered the US Air Force to become a firefighter, thanks to uncle John who had already showed me what a fun job it could be.
My grandfather gave me the oath of enlistment in San Diego before I left for Basic Military Training.
Air Force officially begins with Basic Military Training (BMT) and it is carried out at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. It was an eight-and-a-half-week summer camp, really, it was kinda sad how little we learned or did. At that time I had a guaranteed job placement, so really I was just waiting to get to the Fire Protection School.
3723rd Basic Military Training Squadron Flight 738
U. S. Air Force Fire Protection School
3330th Technical Training Wing
Chanute Air Force Base
Gentlemen, there will be no drinking at this school, not in your rooms and not off base....
My first duty station after school was the
323rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Fire Protection Branch,
Mather Air Force Base
The 323rd FTW also operated Mather AFB as the "host" wing for the installation (Strategic Air Command's 320th Bombardment Wing and the Air Force Reserve's 940th Air Refueling Group, now 940th Air Refueling Wing were "tenant" wings)
Station One - Main Crash House
Station One operated two engine companies and a rescue squad from the structural side and five CFR trucks on the crash side. It also house dispatch, chiefs, Haz-Mat, brush, tankers and support.
Rescue 4 (pictured before number change)