(1) First Day on Duty
Today is for firsts
My first #ship30for30 essay. It's also my first day on "duty" as an alternate lieutenant at the Halfmoon Bay Volunteer Fire Department. I'll spend the week on-call 24/7—ready for response—emergency and non-emergency.
I started the morning helping EMS with a stage 4 cancer patient. Car 1 (my duty designation and truck) is parked in the driveway, prepared to respond when I receive a page.
And, to be perfectly honest, today I feel more prepared to lead an interior attack on a burning structure than to write a 250 word essay. But then, I didn't get to where I am as a volunteer firefighter by avoiding scary unknowns.