The Minneapolis RRT served an appreciation meal to the fire and police departments in the cities of South Minneapolis Metro. The food preparation trailer as well as grills and tables were set up in the Fairview Ridges Hospital parking lot, a central location for the cities of Lakeville, Burnsville, and Eagan. A steady stream of on-duty firemen, paramedics, police officers, and community service officers stopped in a three-hour period to enjoy free burgers and bratwursts, watermelon, apples, chips, cookies, and drinks. The Burnsville crew on Engine #2 enjoyed the food so much they sent out a county-wide announcement on their radios to notify the departments in surrounding suburbs!
The volunteers were excited when the captain of the fire department offered a personal tour of their ladder truck and fielded questions about his career. All members of the fire department are fully cross-trained as paramedics. They alternate with two drivers always on the ambulance, and three on the fire engine.
“That’s why, when you call 911, sometimes a fire engine will turn up before an ambulance. This is because all paramedics and fire fighters are essentially the same; they are all fully trained in firefighting as well as first response paramedics” said the captain.
A full-time employee of the Burnsville Fire Department for the past 18 years, the captain said he plans to work two more years before he retires. The role that he plays and his dedication to public safety is greatly appreciated.
“Service with a smile.” Commented Burnsville Police officer Tracey Harrell, when he was handed a plate with a burger and a bratwurst. The RRT volunteers seriously enjoyed hearing the details of recent calls the police officer had gotten, including a woman who had complained about smoke blowing in her house from a neighbors bonfire!
Overall the appreciation meal was a success and the volunteers enjoyed getting outdoors and paying respect to the men and women who protect our cities in many ways every single day.
“It is so inspiring to see the level of commitment the officers have to their duties, regardless of the personal safety risks they take themselves with every call they get.”