If you know me personally, you know that when I’m not enjoying the MINI life and culture, I can often be found participating in another lifestyle that can be consuming, as a firefighter. Like owning and driving a MINI, being a firefighter brings me into contact with many people, from many different walks of life. Sometimes those contacts are in good situations, often they are not. Occasionally they bring both MINIs and firefighting together.
Recently, in a roundabout way, I had one of those moments… a few nights ago my department was dispatched to the nearby “highway” (we call it a highway because it’s fast paced fairly straight, two-lane road with a posted speed limit of 55 mph even though most traffic travels well above 65) for tractor-trailer that was on fire – relax, there were no MINIs involved.
While our engine with a crew of five was in route, a Chief on scene confirmed that there was a flatbed truck loaded with wood involved. The trailer and load was burning, and he called for a second apparatus to supply additional water. On arrival, our crew was able to knock the fire down quickly since the wood material onboard was large and dense with relatively little surface area. The trailer’s tires, and deck however were destroyed. Unfortunately, the damage to the trailer meant the load had to be removed, and the trailer loaded onto another to be towed away. For a response that began around 10:30 in the evening, this meant we’d be stuck hanging around for a few hours waiting for equipment and personnel to help clear the road.
Ok, so where does MINI get involved?