Thread: Back Step Riding
09-28-1999, 09:31 PM #1John MyersFirehouse.com Guest
Back Step Riding
I know back step riding has been prohibited,but when I started riding the back step was the best seatin the house,I was a firefighter in the country where we did 60 or 70 mph.To feel the wind and feel the bumps was a rush.I just wounder who eles misses the back step???
09-28-1999, 10:39 PM #2nsfirechapFirehouse.com Guest
Loved riding tailboard-especially on sunny days-also did it a lot at sixty plus below in Galena, Alaska. Loved it yes-miss it NO WAY-Had a few mishaps back there. Got hurt once, know of others that got hurt too, some killed. Rather be alive.
We did things a lot differently when I started in the fire service in 1977. Personally, I prefer a lot of the safety equipment and rules we have today.
Y'all have a great safe day!
10-01-1999, 03:58 PM #3Sledgehammer57Firehouse.com Guest
When I started the back step was the only place we had to ride unless you were the officer or operator. Yes -- I enjoyed it when I was young and didn't know any better. Thank the good Lord we have survived and learned a better way. The fight is danger enough - we don't have to maim or kill ourselves or our people just getting to the scene or back home.
10-01-1999, 07:50 PM #4Truckie from MissouriFirehouse.com Guest
I miss it, too.
And yet, I too agree that we are a bit safer today.
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10-04-1999, 05:06 PM #5edfcFirehouse.com Guest
Yes I miss it, but I was a big advocate of moving off the rear step. I think were all glad we did. But, oh do I miss it.
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