Sunday, August 23, 2009

Future Firefighters of America!

We have a really great friend who is a firefighter at Williams Gateway Airport. On Saturday he invited all of us to the firehouse to show us the new $1 million Foam Truck the airport just got. Needless to say the kids love big trucks, especially ones that shoot water, so we were there in a flash!

This is the kids with our friend Perry on the "Regular" Fire Truck. Perry has been such a wonderful friend. When Tanner was going through chemo, Perry would have the Gilbert Fire Dept. come to our house and take Tanner for rides in the fire trucks. Tanner would be so excited that it would make him forget about feeling so sick. It was wonderful, and we appreciate Perry so much! He truly is a great friend.

This is the new, super high tech Foam Truck that Williams Gateway airport just purchased for $1 million. It holds 3000 gallons of water that can be emptied in 2 minutes. That is a lot of water! It also has an infa-red sensor that can detect hot spots in a fire and it can also detect people that are trapped in a burning airplane making it easier to rescue them. It can also deflate and inflate its tires at a push of a button for more traction. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it's HUGE! It's so big that it doesn't even fit into the firehouse bays, so they are building a whole new fire house.

Conner was so excited to go for a ride in it!

This is the kids climbing in to go for a ride at the airport. Reagan got a little intimidated so she decided to stay behind. The truck was a little big and too loud for her taste!

Getting buckled up! Fireman like everyone to be super safe.

Driving on the airport Tar Mac (see the planes in the background). This truck goes really fast despite its size.

Getting into position to spray the water. They were right by the runway, see the flight control tower in the background.

The truck has 2 spouts that are controled by joy sticks. They can be moved up and down and all over. They also spray very far. This is the kids emtying all 3000 gallons of water onto the airport. By the time all 3 of them had a turn it was empty, I guess they don't know about the importance of conserving water!

While the other kids were in the foam truck Reagan was busy checking out the other fire trucks. You know, the ones that were quiet because they weren't turned on!

Daddy and Reagan

Mom and Reagan wishing we could jump on a plane and fly off to Hawaii!

After the kids were done emptying the Foam Truck Perry made them fill it back up. This is Rylin hooking the fire hose up to the truck, the other end is hooked up to the fire hydrant.

Turning on the fire hydrant. Conner was taking notes on how to do this, he was thinking he was going to try this with the one on his street!

Perry told them to watch for water to start coming out of the bottom of the truck because that meant it was full.

There it goes. The kids didn't turn off the hydrant fast enough and water was pouring out all over the place.

The tires on the foam truck were way bigger than Conner, so look below to see what he thought would be a good idea to do.

Mom didn't think a Conner pancake would be a good idea though!

After our fun ride Perry and the other firemen had cold drinks, popcicles and fire hats for us to enjoy! What a fun day!!!


Stacey Mowers and Family said...

How fun!! That suck is HUGE! Conner was probably in heaven.

Stacey Mowers and Family said...

**sucker LOL!

Charmaine @ randalswife said...

How fun!! I think my sister-in-law took her kids to that too. She doesn't have a blog though (boo) I just have to read about it on Facebook. Anyhow, you're kids are adorable! I can't wait to follow what's going on with your sweet family now!

Kyle said...

SO MUCH FUN! My kids would have been in HEAVEN! Your family is adorable!