E-One, Emergency One, Fire Trucks

2/28/14 Friday at Wildwood, FL (Alliance Coach)

This morning we got caught up on computer reading. Our big adventure came in the afternoon. Sharon/Julian had told us about a plant where they build fire engines. John used to be a volunteer fireman so this really peaked his interest. Especially because they’d gone on a tour there. They shared that they got lots of these tours from the book “Made in the USA”.

I even got John to appear in my photos:

Their receptionist had the unfortunate task of telling us that they no longer give tours. I love her desk front! She even ran the lights just for me. Nearby they have a little gift shop with t shirts and some small items.

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They had 3 trucks parked outside so we explored them.

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The 1st picture of levers and knobs show what the firemen use to send water or foam from the truck. The 2nd picture shows levers and knobs that control the pressure and flow of water. The engineer is the driver. Up to 4 firemen in the rear the cab. The rescue rig (gray sides) places the gauges at middle top so the engineer can look all around as he/she runs the controls. Behind the gray panels is space for all the rescue equipment they need.

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The final good by from the lovely Sweet William flowers nearby. They sure made it look like spring. I didn’t realize there is a spring in Florida!

When we got back we wandered out to see what coaches Alliance had available for sale. As we were checking them out a salesman approached. He showed us about more rigs then said that there were more that might fit our desires in an RV show at De Land, FL.

I decided that since we’d be busy with that RV show tomorrow I’d better make our macaroni salad contribution for the potluck Susan has arranged for tomorrow as well. So that took up my evening.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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