Most Fire Departments divide their coverage areas in different ways. The LAFD does it in a common military way. We start with Divisions. In each Division, we have several Battalions. In each Battalion, we have several Fire Stations.
After my probationary period ended, I was assigned to Fire Station 6 in Battalion 11. Battalion 11 is also the general area in which I grew up. I was assigned to Fire station 6, then 29, then 11, then 13, and finally at my current assignment, Fire Station 20. Other than a total of about 27 months here and there, all of my time on the Department was in Battalion 11.
Today was my last day in Battalion 11. I finally got a transfer out. If you've read my Blog, I wrote that my mother was bedridden and I took care of her. Working near her house and within the coverage boundaries of Fire Station 20 made it easier for me to care for her.
After she passed away this year, I decided to move on. This Battalion is busy, and I'm getting older. It's getting harder and harder to recover from all the calls we get at night. So I believe I chose a Station where I will not get beat up too much.
This past year, 2 other long time members of Fire Station 20 also left. One due to his retirement, and the other due to budget cuts. Each of them signed their names on the underside of the dining bench with the time they got there, to the day they left.
I had to check on the date I got there. January 13, 2002. Funny how numbers pop up in your life. My mother passed away on January 13, 2012, 10 years later.
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