God help Alabama.

It's 8am, and I'm seated in an airport awaiting a flight to Alabama. I figured I could at least throw a quick post up while I'm here (damn airport doesn't have free WiFi… can I write this off on my taxes as a business expense?), since there's nothing to do until our flight takes off. 

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N.B. – The photos interspersed throughout the post are unrelated, but are from last week when we finished up our hoseline/pumping practicals.

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Not all of the practicals went smoothly. "The Oh Shit Moment," or why you don't let go of the hoseline!

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We, as a recruit class (yes, all of our 36 hellraisers plus instructors) are headed to the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. From their website:

Train at the nation's premier all-hazards training center! FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.
The CDP began operations in June 1998 as the only all-hazards training center, offering training on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) weapons. While the training tempo has increased dramatically, the CDP’s training programs provide the very best in advanced hands-on training for America's emergency responders. On March 31, 2007, the Noble Training Facility (NTF) was transferred from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to the CDP. NTF is the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.


That should about sum it up. Assuming internet access is available, pictures and posts about the trip are soon to follow (I'll have to double check on whether or not I can write about certain things… discretion will be utilized.) Even if I have to blog from my iPhone, dammit, the writings will continue.

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Alex Capece

Washington, D.C. Firefighter and Paramedic

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