(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.
I started as a recruit. I've committed to 100s of training hours, battled wildfires, and helped with medical rescues. Today I remind myself: you were a recruit back then, fresh faced and terrified (I'm still intimidated by some of the rescues we do on the regular, to be honest).
Gotta start somewhere. And this probably wouldn't be worth doing if it didn't scare me a little bit.
So here I am—reporting for duty—this time a lowly seaman recruit.
Defining success for these 30 days
I’m using this time to explore the intersections of my interests. Deeper meaning. Integration.
Firefighting has become so important to me, and there are so many opportunities and interesting problems to solve with technology in the space.
Follow along for insights into firefighting, my meandering path from fine arts to programming to firefighting, and the path of discovery that (I hope) will link these interests.
Also, a boatload of nautical puns. Welcome aboard.