Those of you that follow my coverage of the Johnson County ESD will appreciate what could have been a tense situation when we arrived to find ESD president, Jack Watson, a part of the training instructor crew for today. I was actually glad to see Jack there. I sat across from him over lunch and enjoyed some small talk and getting to know him a little better. It was good to spend some time outside our regular circumstances and I enjoyed seeing him in action later. Jack retired from professional fire service with over 20 years under his belt so I'm sure he brings a lot to the education of the trainees. Joshua's own Battalion Chiefs Brad Hargrove and David Garay were also instructing yesterday so it was nice to get to spend some time with a couple of our guys as well.
It was a lot of fun to see these guys in action knocking down flames and making mock rescues, but what stood out to me as soon as they got started was the way they moved about the scene. I expected a frantic dash to get the fire out, but what I saw was deliberate action and careful execution of what they'd been taught. The trainees were divided up into engine companies and worked as a team to achieve the goal. Their training is impressive, their equipment is impressive and their dedication is impressive.
It was mentioned to me that after some basic training there may be an opportunity to go in and feel the heat on a future training session there. I think that will be an opportunity worth taking advantage of so stay tuned.