It’s a colorful expression for getting all the apparatus out the door. It’s more and more difficult these days of limited manpower, both volunteer and career.
|Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Station 15--Burtonsville|
What I like best about this picture, though, is the shoes. The empty leather shows the tenuous nature of the work. It’s late evening, after ten. One minute, everything is calm. There is laughter someplace—inevitably in a fire house. The television is on with a small audience. Others have turned in for the night. The bays are filled with the engine, ladder truck, and heavy rescue squad. A minute later, all that remains is…..the shoes.