Let me introduce to you Deputy Chief Hero. Last night my Hero was elected as D.C. of our local VFD. I'm really proud of him as he has gained the respect of the majority of the department in a very short amount of time. I'm also happy because it is a 3 year term which makes me hopeful that we are putting down some roots here. He was really humbled by the overwhelming support of his peers and their surprising decision to nominate him. It's usually the old boys network that run the show in these small town departments. To have a young D.C. is a rare thing. My Hero does have 19 years of combined experience in the firefighting/ems/SAR fields so he is definitely qualified for the position despite his age. I think that they made a great choice as his passion is to ensure that his crew have the best training, equipment and PPE that is available to insure that they return safely to their families after every call. Another bonus is that the white uniform shirts are so much sexier than the boxey blue ones. ;)
Our friend, Shrek, was elected to the presidency of the association. So I know that together they will be a force to be reckoned with. I hope they will be able to do great things to further the safety, credibility and camaraderie of the brotherhood.