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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
FALL CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
September 2, 2016 - October 27, 2016
3 - OUR GREAT CROSS COUNTRY TRIP 2016
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A visit to the Sea-Tac Airport ARFF Station
|DAY 21 - SEPT 22 - THURSDAY
Our time in the Pacific Northwest was limited, with a lot on the agenda, so I headed out early in the rental car to accomplish as much as possible today.
The first stop was at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This is one of the busiest airports in the country. The ARFF guys were great and gave me a full tour of the Sea-Tac apparatus and station.
Next it was into Tacoma. The city is on the water and covers a large area. They operate 3 fireboats, including a very unique older boat, from 2 locations. I was able to get some good photos of their boats, although no one was around at the time to gain closer access.
Then it was across the peninsula from Tacoma
to the West Pierce Fire Department which also operates a fireboat.
This boat was actually out on the water training when I arrived,
providing the opportunity to get photos of it underway. When the
crew returned to the dock and I introduced myself, the guys offered
a quick ride which took us out under the Tacoma Narrows Bridges. One
of the Tacoma boats was in the area and we got pictures of that as
well. Thanks much to the West Pierce guys for the hospitality.
Back at their station they have a very well done 9/11 memorial as
Night 21 at Bellevue, WA
|STATES: WA - (1) State today / (20) different States & (4) Provinces so far.|
|DISTANCE: (used rental car) camper unchanged / 5912 miles for Trip so far|
|FIREBOATS: (19) Tacoma "Commencement" (20) Tacoma "Defiance"
(21) Tacoma "Destiny
(22) West Pierce "Endeavor" (23) East Jefferson FB (24) North Kitsap FB 81
A foggy start to the day in Bellevue. Looked like smoke, but just fog.
Just to change things up a bit, we stopped at the Seattle-Tacoma
International Airport and
got a tour of their station and apparatus.
Mobile Command Post for the airport
The Mass Casualty Incident truck carries a large volume of equipment just in case.
The Haz Mat
Thanks to the guys at Sec-Tac for a great tour
A little south of Seattle is Tacoma, Washington
The Tacoma fireboat station on the Thea Foss Waterway.
The 1980s Fireboat Commencement
2015 MetalCraft Fireboat Defiance
West Pierce, WA Fireboat "Endeavor"
The third Tacoma Fireboat is the 2012 MetalCraft "Destiny"
West Pierce, WA Fire Station
The Fallen Firefighters / 9-11 Memorial at West Pierce, WA
The Tacoma Narrows bridges from above
The East Jefferson Fireboat located at Port Townsend, WA
The Puget Sound area is spectacular.
The North Kitsap Fireboat at Kingston, WA
The ferry from Kingston to Edmonds north of Seattle
Mount Rainier off in the distance beyond the Seattle skyline
So this ambulance pulls up next to me.... I thought... What the Falck?