Walking up to the fire station for the first time was a bit intimidating, even for me. I only knew one person there, but saw around six people standing in front of the bay doors. The firefighter I knew warmly greeted me and then introduced me to everyone. There was a mixture of nicknames and real names, and afterwards I was left thinking, ‘Who is the chief?’
Once the meeting began I was able to figure out who the chief was easily based on who was doing most of the talking. Plus once I was sitting facing him I could see his shirt said Chief in small print under the volunteer fire department (VFD) logo. Funnily enough, no one referred to him as “Chief”, they all simply called him by his first name or his nickname (which is how I was introduced to him). Maybe this is the norm, but it seems odd to me. *shrug*
The meeting was a bit chaotic, though one of the firefighters tried to keep everyone on the task at hand. They discussed things like ISO, SCBA, and NFPA (though I had heard of SCBAs before, I planned to research the others later on.) I also made a mental note to research how VFD are typically funded in our state to get a better understanding of the big picture for future meetings.