International Firefighters’ Day

Tuesday is International Firefighters’ Day, so I thought I would share a few images of the Tracy Firefighter sculpture.

Firefighter Statue, Tracy, California, Lawrence NobleThe firefighter is life size and stands 6’6″ tall. The statue was created by California sculptor Lawrence Noble. The sculptor paid a lot of attention to detail and this statue is very life like. You can just image this firefighter fighting a fire helping to save both lives and property.Tracy Firefighter, Tracy California, Sculpture, Lawrence NobleI like to take pictures of the sculpture in different lighting, weather conditions and times of year.

Lawrence Noble, Tracy, California, Firefighter Sculpture, MemorialHere is the Firefighter at night.

The Firefighter, Tracy, California, SculptureHere is one in the rain, which makes me think of how firefighters work in all weather conditions.

Firefighter Statue, Tracy, California, Lawrence NobleThe helmet and other protective gear that the firefighter uses reminds me that those that protect us also need protection.

This is also the time of year to start praying for their safety as wildfire season is beginning.

I will end with a quote:

The role of a firefighter in today’s society – be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defense force, aviation, motor sport, or other is one of dedication, commitment and sacrifice – no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service we fight together against one common enemy – fire – no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.”

Lieutenant JJ Edmondson

Founder of International Firefighters’ Day



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Wildfire Season Begins

Wildfire season has arrived here in California and already there are three wildfires burning within 100 mile of home.

The closest one started within the last day and is only about 160 acres, but this could be a sign of what is to come this year. We did not have a very wet rainy season and the temperatures have been high early in the year.

I don’t like it when the lead stories on the local news are about wildfires.

Fire, California, Smoke, Wind, Central Valley, Bad Air QualityThe winds have also been very high this weekend and we are under a red-flag warning until at least Tuesday.

Kansas Grass Fires, Southwest KansasI am hoping that we do not see as many wildfires this year as we did last year.

California wild fires, red sky, smoky sky, red tinged cloudsWe had some pretty bad fires to the south of us, and the air quality was not very good.

Red Sun, Sunsetting, bad air quality, sillouetesHopefully we won’t see skies that are full of smoke.

California wild fires, red sky, smoky sky, red tinged cloudsThe wind is blowing toward where the fires are this weekend, but this could easily change and the Central Valley could fill with smoke from the fires.

I am hoping that we do not see afternoon skies like this.



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