Fire Talk – with Chief Brandbil: The Little Engine that Couldn’t

fire talkHey there Puddlegulchers, Fire Chief Red Brandbil here to bring you the big update from your local boys in the red helmets.

2020 is off and running, and everyone seems to be talking about what can be seen. Well, the only thing I see right now is a vision of Puddlegulch’s new fire engine!

I know there are some that might argue that we don’t need a new fire engine, but truth is that our old 1978 International just can’t quite make it up the hill anymore, and it hasn’t been the same since Greg Fiddlestone put it in the ditch along Gulch Drive when he swerved to avoid the possum family crossing the road (or so he claims). And so, I’ve been meeting with vendors to determine what we should get to replace the old girl, and I’ll tell you, it’s not as easy a decision as you might think!

For starters, a lot of the features that made our old engine so memorable and loved just aren’t available anymore. You can’t stand on the tailboard going down the road because it’s not considered “safe” anymore, so that means that you have to have a seat for everyone. But the way it’s set up, there’s no seat for our beloved possum mascot, Matches, cousin of Perry the Possum!

There are good things about the new engine, beyond its ability to start every time. It’ll be able to carry more water, which always helps, and the hoses are less likely to spring leaks. Plus, you never really get over that “new fire engine” smell.

The only real debate we’ve been having is what color it should be. Most fire brigades go with the classic red, though we’ve seen some that have been yellow, but Puddlegulch VFB has always had brown & grey engines to match our mascot.  Only that doesn’t seem to be an option anymore, and we just don’t know what we’re going to do, instead.

On a related note, we will be buying Matches a new fireproof suit.  As you know, poor Matches caught on fire at last week’s 65th annual Puddlegulch VFB BBQ fundraiser.  I personally like the smell of bbq possum, but that was more of a tragedy than a meal.  We are still looking for volunteers to be the new Matches.  In the mean time, since Greg is suspended from driving the truck, he has some time to try and jerry-rig a rumble seat for the future new engine so Matches can continue to ride along!

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