Updated: May 11, 2020
Hey all you cool cats and kittens! (Can you tell what we've been doing during #SIP?)
It's been a WHILE. This COVID thing has been a little hairy for us. I've lost focus on the blog trying to navigate working from home and also being a meeting/school work coordinator for my kids. Not to mention, husband got thrown into a different assignment for 6 weeks so he's been on a crazy schedule we were not prepared for. BUT, we are BACK and talking about fire season!
The other day I was reading a post from my friend Abi at Confessions of a Firewife. She was asking her fellow fire families how they prepare for "fire season." Being a wife of a City firefighter is totally different than being a Cal Fire wife. In this State City Fire departments are assigned to fires as needed, rather than being the "first in" department. That's Cal Fire. They are our wildland fire departments. The US Department of Forestry also has their own fire crews. So when asked HOW families prepare for fire season you're going to get a myriad of responses depending on where your significant other works.
For my husband's department they have a specific engine for the California Office of Emergency Services. They call this the Big Green Machine. Mostly because the engine is green and there's some other inside jokes that go along with the name. On top of the OES vehicle, they operate as needed with other departments to form strike teams as needed based on fire conditions. Strike teams vary throughout the season and usually go after an OES engine has already gone on a fire. It's a lot of technical jargon that I don't really understand or care to explain. HA!
Preparing for fire season has been a different beast over the last 3 years. We are used to D going on strike teams. Since he started his career at Cal Fire (CDF back then) he has pretty much been gone during the summers. Frankly he LOVES strike teams and lives for wildland fires. He has always liked to be in the thick of things. I knew that when I met him.
Some days I'd say our family is used to fire season, and other times I just hate it. Since the Sonoma fires we have an entirely different perspective. Fire season is impossible to control, and there's only so much a City fire family can do. We are at the mercy of nature! So, while my Type A personality has had to adapt to this and remember to breathe, there are also some things we do as a family that help us prepare mentally and also help our firefighter gear up for the season.
Check out my post and stories on Instagram to show you what we as a family do to help prepare for it! It's easy and thoughtful! You can do it too!