Monday, September 26, 2016

McMurdo Season # 6 Day -8

Ah, the last day of football on the couch at home for the season.  At least the Broncos got a good win, and amazingly the Bills showed up today.  Three weeks in, but at least they showed up at some point in the season.  Things are winding down here with just 2 more full days before we leave for the Ice.  I have been finishing up several projects for friends and enjoying working in the shop while I can.  All paperwork for me soon.

We received our uniforms for the season on Friday.  Another nice little pile that we have to fit into our two 50 pound bags apiece.  That is the limit for the commercial airlines that we are flying to New Zealand.  And then once we are headed south to the Ice, we aren't limited on the number of bags, but we are only allowed 85 pounds, plus a 15 pound carry on bag.  So lots of stuff is needed for 6 months, and not allot of spare weight for other stuff.



Tomorrow is finishing up one last project and getting the shop ready for the winter, and some packing.  Then Tuesday is getting everything ready for winter and final packing.  

Thanks for following and until next time.

R.J. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

McMurdo Season # 6 Day -13

So it is time again for the Three Hour Tour to head south again to the balmy coastal town of McMurdo.  Today is day -13 or thirteen days before our scheduled Ice arrival date.  Lets see how long I keep the blog going this time.  Each season I start blogging and then the reality of a new job and learning it fully gets in the way of my time (and more like my mental capacity) to write regularly.

So, this season we will both be returning to the Fire Department and both in the same capacity.  I will talk more about that later.

Today we are a week away from leaving home.  We are both completing some projects, and getting ready to pack up for 6 months.  So we are currently in the "well I won't be able to do that again for 6 months" mode.  So we are dinning out allot; today was burgers at Outback Steakhouse; and we will continue to until we get to the Ice.

And we start putting things away for the winter.  So, since it was a calm afternoon it was time to take down my Ham Radio antenna tower.  So I am officially off the airwaves until March.

Not much else to report.  Please check back and I will try to keep you up to date as often as I can.

Thanks for reading.
R.J.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

ARFF Training in Denver

Today we spent the day at the Denver International Airport Fire Training Academy completing our annual FAA required 8 hour certification burn.  We had about 3 hours in the classroom meeting each other and reviewing aircraft fire fighting stradegies and tactics.  Then we suited up in our "silvers" to go play with some fire.  We ended up with a good size group of 12 of us, so we all got some decent fire time.  The interesting challenge for this group is to work together in emergency settings without ever meeting each other prior to this.  Paula and I have worked together allot over the years, and there were two returning firefighters that have worked together for a season, but other than that most of us can't even rememeber each others names yet.  Even with all of that challenge, we came together as a decent group by the end of the day.

So now we are packing up the hotel room and getting ready to fly for many many hours to New Zealand.  The basic schedule is:

Sunday - Leave Denver to Los Angles and then leave for Sydney, Austraila.
Monday - None.  We miss Monday due to the fact that we cross the international date line.
Tuesday - Arrive in Sydney and then fly to Christchurch, New Zealand.
Wednesday - Training and clothing issue in NZ.
Thursday - Fly to McMurdo if weather is good.

Here are some photos from the burn day.





Paula's crew making entry.