Jo’s blog Salamander day one

Here we are 2014 Salamander and what a great day we have had. With a few new faces in the teams I was a little worried that the ones that had been before would take over, but no, they all fitted in as if they had done it all before. Everyone made friends and everyone was welcomed in. We say hello to Seamus, Sophie, Nicole, Charlie, & Louis as our new recruits.

Each team were given their colours, in Red Watch with Sean (Firefighter) in charge we have Jamie, Luke, Josiah, & Sophie with Alex (PCSO) & Katie, (Young Carer).

Green watch we have Fraser (Fire fighter) leading the way with Nicole, Louis, Lane and Myles and helping Ben (young Carer) and Cassey (PCSO).

White team Nev (Firefighter) is in charge with Charlie, Seamus, Michael and Sam and helping him is Cory (senior crew), & Tom (PCSO).

Blue team is Steve (Firefighter) Zachary, Rhys, Frazer and Oliver and giving a helping hand is Phil (Ambulance service)

We also have Abi (Ambulance service), Nicky and me Dave and Lee (Firefighters).

The man in charge is Mark Evans our Salamander Commander.

We start as always with a great breakfast and with eggs, sausages, beans, bacon, hash browns and toast we are all set up for the day! There were a lot of clean plates so they must have enjoyed it.

We start with the pole drop (yes my favourite) we were pleased to see that the lads that had done it before hadn’t lost the knack and were down the pole in no time, with Myles laughing all the way down and stopping for a photo ( well it was his birthday) it’s great to be back. There were only 3 that didn’t make it down first time but we know by the end of the week we will be there.

Out to the yard where we started today’s activities with team building games and a visit to the smoke house. I went in with white watch and I was impressed that no one panicked in the dark and all followed instructions well………until…….there was a fragrance that wasn’t smoke house!! The breakfast beans had got to one of the lads and a quick exit was needed.

The bench exercise had me in stitches today, you will see some pictures later, and it is the only time they can get away with hugging people. There was a very tender moment from Seamus and Michael that reduced us all to fits of laughter. I can also say that in a bicep challenge Nicky won hands down over me, again the photos will show you what I mean.

The blind leading the blind is a great challenge, where they lead each other through cones blindfolded, and using voices to guide their teams. A few cheating moments but team work here was great.

Each team had a look at the engines that are ready to go on call and the get to sit in, always a fun time. This time the white team were introduced to the axe, yes axe but don’t panic I counted fingers and toes as they left and all was good.

They are all ready now for dinner. Chicken, chips and salad and once again clean plates and the cries of “more please”.

Now ready for the next events we headed down to watch a couple DVD’s and a moment to reminisce Gangnam Style and a dance (becoming a tradition).

The next event is ladders and smoke house, pole and the fun bit of the hose. They all had a great go at the ladders with some going up in a flash and some needing a little more support but all having a go.

The hose was great, and thanks everyone my car is very clean now! Anyone wanting theirs  done need to park in the space I was in, but I’m not telling you where I was parked!

I didn’t see many of the pole drops this time, so Nicky will have to tell you about them, but from what she said everyone had a really good go at getting down this time.

Well it’s nearly time to go home, but one last surprise for Myles, as I said it is his birthday. So they sat him down in the yard and blindfolded him and he stretched out his arms to receive his birthday gift. Little did he know after we all sang he got a great soaking from two hoses!! He loved it and was laughing so much, a birthday memory he will not forget…..and wanted more.

See you all tomorrow. Night Night