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    We will be putting our new ladder truck into service soon, and I'm looking for a "traditional" way to welcome it to the station. It's a 103' Crimson rear-mount aerial quint, replacing our 9-year-old E1 HP100. Anyone have any info?

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    Our "tradition"is back the new one in beside the old one,transfer any needed equipment that didn't come with the new one and kiss the old one goodbye. Simple,yet effective. T.C.

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    TC, g'dammt it's christmas, will you have a little spirit? *SMACK!* (BTW I sure wish I had some of them Maine crawfish to go with my Omaha's tonight.....!)

    Cap11C, on the east coast, the most traditional way to welcome a new piece of apparatus is to have a housing parade. Invite anyone and everyone, parade around the town on a selected route that ends at the firehouse. Back the new piece on the ramp in front of it's bay. Then have the politicians give their speeches, have the Boy Scouts raise the flag, then have a chaplain give a benediction and bless the new piece. Then all the mutual aid officers help to "push" the new piece into quarters.

    Something simpler- Just an evening ceremony for all your mutual aid companies. Have a nice catered dinner (nothing super fancy) and have the politicians and the chaplain do their thing.
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    Buff,Too much 'nog again? In this simple land,of simple people,we don't do ANY of that smoozin' schit. We buy 'em to work,and when they are delivered there is a BRIEF training period and they GO TO WORK! Period! The MA companies already know what's coming and when.And THANKS,so far it's been a GREAT day,only one MINOR fire call so far. I do believe that sets a record for us.If you want to hold a party over a new piece of "iron",knock yourself out,we never have and probably never will. T.C.

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    Oh,and Buff,probably not a good time to tell you there's a pot of my signature Seafood chowda made yesterday aging in my fridge as we speak. By tomorrow dinnertime it should be just right! T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Oh,and Buff,probably not a good time to tell you there's a pot of my signature Seafood chowda made yesterday aging in my fridge as we speak. By tomorrow dinnertime it should be just right! T.C.
    Now don't everyone drool. But I am eating some freshly caught Nova Scotia, Canada Lobsters creamed over toast aand maybe tomorrow have some fried in an egg omelet for breakfast with cheese, onions, red peppers.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

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    WHY would you ruin a perfectly good lobster by putting creamed ANYTHING on it? I'm OK with a lobster omelet but CREAMED on TOAST? Puleeeze! T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    WHY would you ruin a perfectly good lobster by putting creamed ANYTHING on it? I'm OK with a lobster omelet but CREAMED on TOAST? Puleeeze! T.C.
    Just to get you going but when you have to please three women you do as you are told.

    I would send you some but they too the CAT off so I can't send some over.

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    Thanks,it's nice to be remembered anyway! T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reliance View Post
    Now don't everyone drool. But I am eating some freshly caught Nova Scotia, Canada Lobsters creamed over toast aand maybe tomorrow have some fried in an egg omelet for breakfast with cheese, onions, red peppers.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Did you get the lobsters from the Stanley Lobster Company?
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    We don't do a ceremony. We quietly put the rigs into service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    Did you get the lobsters from the Stanley Lobster Company?
    Unfortunately no. They came from Southwest Seiners in East Pubnico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reliance View Post
    Just to get you going but when you have to please three women you do as you are told.

    I would send you some but they too the CAT off so I can't send some over.
    Out here on the Islands , ONLY the really poor folks eat lobster on the holiday. Goes back to when they couldn't afford to eat anything else but what they caught. Most of them do a roast Beef now a days to show they had a good year. We did have some really nice diver scallops , a bit dear but very tasty.!

    TC everyone knows a good chowda has to sit for a couple days to age! :-}

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    Here in New Jersey, during the warmer months departments have a " Wet Down " of the new apparatus, with a speach from the Mayor, and Fire Chief, then live music, food & drinks and sell tee shirts to cover the costs!!

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    Thanks for the info, and the recipes. We're having fresh-off-the-boat Alaskan King crab for dinner tonight. A perk of living just north of Seattle, but I sure do miss bugs.

    Hope Santa was good to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by islandfire03 View Post
    Out here on the Islands , ONLY the really poor folks eat lobster on the holiday. Goes back to when they couldn't afford to eat anything else but what they caught. Most of them do a roast Beef now a days to show they had a good year. We did have some really nice diver scallops , a bit dear but very tasty.!

    TC everyone knows a good chowda has to sit for a couple days to age! :-}
    Yah? Everybody but Buff,hehe. T.c.

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    Oh YES! The last run of scallops have been so good it's a shame to cook them. Just like eatin' sugar cookies. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Yah? Everybody but Buff,hehe. T.c.
    Thats right, everyone knows that the best seafood is down at the Outer Banks of North Carolina!
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    You mean you guys dont do something like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    You mean you guys dont do something like this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Dmj...eature=related
    There was a big brouhaha on here a while ago about wetdowns. They are pretty popular in most of NJ, and northern Pa. They are unheard of in the Southeastern Pa. area. I myself never quite understood them, and venture to say that I think I would not want to participate in one, for fear of injury and or damage to property from water or streams breaking things.

    And as for the guys who say "we just put our rigs in service" all I say is one more tradition lost to your organization in a world where we are repidly forgetting where we have come from.
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    What's happening alot around here in Southern NJ is that we simply can't afford a ceremony. With the cost of rigs steadily rising, we simply can't afford a big ordeal. What the county did do is we have a ceremony every year in Mount Holly in May, where a Father comes around and blesses everyone and the rigs. Other then that, a new rig comes in, a Pizza Party takes place, everyone takes bets on the first call, and pictures get posted on facebook pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquadCaptain27 View Post
    What's happening alot around here in Southern NJ is that we simply can't afford a ceremony. With the cost of rigs steadily rising, we simply can't afford a big ordeal. What the county did do is we have a ceremony every year in Mount Holly in May, where a Father comes around and blesses everyone and the rigs. Other then that, a new rig comes in, a Pizza Party takes place, everyone takes bets on the first call, and pictures get posted on facebook pages.
    Parades, etc. can get pretty pricey. When you get into the cost of trophies, feeding the judges and so on it can get into some serious bucks. But ususally the money passes outside the truck budget. Some of it is recovered by selling glasses, mugs, T-shirts, program book ads, etc.

    We ususally manage to keep it under control by having a "No judging, no trophies" parade. Just bring your Q and have fun. A member of one of the judging groups said that no one would come if we didn't have trophies. We had 90 some pieces in the parade. Anyone who knows our town knows that you'd be hard pressed to put that many trucks there at one time. The sale of glasses and a few donations pretty much covered the cost.

    We did the same thing last year to house the Toyne engine and an ambulance. This time we took a bath. The weather forecast wasn't great, so the turnout wasn't either. But just as the signal to start the parade was given, the skies opened up, big time! Everyone scattered. And we got another bath. Kind of like Browns Mills Emergency Squad's parade a number of years ago, if any of you Jersey folks still remember it.

    Yes, we were there, but that's another story for another time.

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    You can always have an open house and invite the community. Go way to push fire prevention, Department history and maybe get a few new members too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    There was a big brouhaha on here a while ago about wetdowns. They are pretty popular in most of NJ, and northern Pa. They are unheard of in the Southeastern Pa. area. I myself never quite understood them, and venture to say that I think I would not want to participate in one, for fear of injury and or damage to property from water or streams breaking things.

    And as for the guys who say "we just put our rigs in service" all I say is one more tradition lost to your organization in a world where we are repidly forgetting where we have come from.
    If one has NEVER used the "wetdown" "tradition"and has no plans to,EXACTLY what have we lost? Exactly NOTHING.Didn't forget where we came from and haven't forgotten where we're going either. We prefer Open houses to wetdowns which are (wd)unheard of here. And Buff,we really got to talk. I'd much rather get my seafood from the Cold North Atlantic than I would warm Gulf waters.Or the Bering sea for that matter,not that I haven't partaken from ALL regions. Hard to beat fresh off the boat. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    If one has NEVER used the "wetdown" "tradition"and has no plans to,EXACTLY what have we lost? Exactly NOTHING.Didn't forget where we came from and haven't forgotten where we're going either. We prefer Open houses to wetdowns which are (wd)unheard of here. And Buff,we really got to talk. I'd much rather get my seafood from the Cold North Atlantic than I would warm Gulf waters.Or the Bering sea for that matter,not that I haven't partaken from ALL regions. Hard to beat fresh off the boat. T.C.
    When I am down at the OBX, I walk to the dock from our host's home (who happens to be a retired Battalion Chief, City of Camden, NJ, a very good family friend) buy fresh scallops the size of half-dollars and 3/4ths of an inch thick, walk back to the house and proceed to cook them in the prescribed manner.....Or the best swordfish on the face of the planet......Or the best tiger shrimp (which we had 5lbs of on Thanksgiving.....) mmmmmmmmmm
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