Just after 10 in the morning the station doorbell rang. A mother was bringing her young daughter by for a tour of the station. We started out in the apparatus bay. We showed the daughter our fire engine and opened every compartment for her. We explained the difference in firefighting equipment and jobs that we do.
The tour then took us through the rest of the station. We showed her that our station had everything a house has, a kitchen, dining room, family room, bedrooms and bathrooms, because we live at the station for 2 days at a time.
With the tour coming to a close I asked her if she had any questions. She was apparently too shy to ask any if she did. I then asked if she would like to try on some of my gear. Her eyes lit up like on Christmas morning.
She put on my turnout jacket and had a beaming smile.
While getting ready to leave the mother told me that she had brought her daughter to the station for a visit because she was afraid of firefighters. As they were leaving the tones went off. Pulling out of the station with our lights blinking and siren growling the little girl stood waving goodbye. I guess we overcame her fear.