In 2007, my wife and I had the opportunity to take over my mother-in-law’s farmstead near Fall Creek, Wisconsin. I am no longer in the New Auburn fire district, but am pleased to say I am now allowed to carry a pager for the local volunteer rescue service in my township*, and I still make it back to “Nobbern” regularly to see the Beagle, help out at Jamboree Days, and attend the annual banquet with all my NAAFD pals. In other words, we’re still neighbors.
*I am required to complete a refresher course (currently a 28-hour module) every two years to maintain my licensure. Sometimes my book tours and/or road schedule preclude my attending in a timely manner, in which case I revert to “inactive” status until I can complete the requirements (I often have to piece together more than one refresher). This is a tidbit of interest to only a tiny wedge of folks but I include it here as some of my publicity materials and bios refer to me as an “active” member of the local fire or rescue services, and although I am now in my third decade of EMS service, I didn’t want to appear to be misrepresenting the department on account of a technicality. There: The explanation is officially longer than the post.
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