*insert happy dance here* because the only thing better than a new car is a brand spanking new fire engine. My station has a new state of the art pumper truck that practically pumps water and drives itself. The electronics are incredible... it will tell you if your seat belt isn't buckled, and if you're cornering too quickly or if a cabinet door is left open. The Screaming Eagle siren will part any traffic jam like the Red Sea. I feel like a rock star in it.... it's so deluxe... it even has cup holders. And as an engine operator, what I love about this truck is that it is virtually impossible to cavitate the water pump. For those of you who don't know what a cavitating pump is, it's close to what an off balance washing machine sounds like multiplied by 10. The truck will shake back and forth and will freak the heck out of the engine operator and those on the line since water will stop flowing.... never a good thing when in a fire.
I'll get pictures up tomorrow since I'm at work now and can't upload them. And I am hearing through the grapevine that we'll be getting a new ladder truck at the station in the spring. Christmas comes early!