New series of vintage fire apparatus illustrations!
During my 28 years in the fire service my favorite job was, and still is, driving the apparatus. It’s what drew me into the fire service and I couldn’t wait to sit in the left front seat. I loved being a back-step firefighter and eventually an officer, but nothing compares to my time as a chauffeur. Like you, I just LOVE fire trucks!
So, naturally it would become a new passion of mine as an artist. I welcome you to check out the current fleet here – SO EXCITED!
Firefighters find a way to solve any problem. This is not an office profession where you can simply push the paper to the next person in line to fix an issue—to pass the buck. It’s you, it’s your crew, and whatever needs solved—it’s as simple as that—and we love it! My wife often comments that I create problems just to solve them, and I’m sure that’s an honest assessment that could be pinned to most firefighters. And our ability to solve a problem is only limited by our creativity and the tools and talent at hand. We strive in moments of stress not just because we’ve been trained to do so, but by some primal need that craves the challenge. From the trivial to life/death situations, we find a way to fix it… always!
STAY FIRED UP, and keep your passion for challenges—it’s what makes us special.
If there’s one thing firefighters and EMT/Paramedics can be assured of, is we will see the craziest and strangest things mankind can throw our way. It’s a delicate balance between keeping our sincere empathy for our patients and hardening our minds for what mania may happen on every shift or pager call. It can be daunting, and strangely calming at times.
Possession obsession. Time crunch commitments. Endless goal achieving. Negative thoughts. Daunting debt. Talk, talk, talk… and more talk. Social media mania. Multi-task wrestling the work/family/hobby octopus. There is an endless stream of things that can weigh down our lives like a 20-ton anchor, whether self-imposed and uncontrollable external circumstances. We all have our burdens and stressors that can cause problems in every aspect of our lives – some ending in tragic or heartbreaking consequences. It takes a conscious and honest effort to assess our life and make the tough choices to cut ties with what is weighing you down.
Life is complicated, that can’t be avoided, and simplifying things can feel overwhelming—which, of course, is exactly the opposite of what simplifying your life is all about. But you don’t have to change everything at once. Start subtracting something from your life every day. Get rid of some clutter, kick bad habits to the curb, cut out toxic and negative people, take control of your money, carve an hour into your day—make some room somewhere so you can feel lighter and freer. There’s a lot to be said for fully enjoying life’s simplest pleasures to their fullest.
STAY FIRED UP and cut those 20-ton anchors from your life.