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Oceanside Night Market – National Public Safety Week

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The City of Oceanside has both a weekly farmers market and a weekly food/fun market – both of which happen on the main drag on Thursdays. Hunter and I love food carts and food stands of any kind so we try to catch the market a few times when we are in town. It was a huge bonus when our first Thursday in town was also Public Safety Night at the night market – obviously we had to go!

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As part of National Public Safety Week, communities across the USA were creating events to connect with and educate the public about what they do. Both the Oceanside Police and Oceanside Fire Departments had a large presence, which was great for kids young and old!

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The police had a few cars, their boat, their SWAT truck and their mobile command centre out. Hunter was very disappointed to learn that you have to be 16 to participate in their Explorer Program where you get to train as a junior officer. Almost all of the police vehicles were open and could be checked out from all angles and the officers were very open to answer a wide variety of questions from a curious young boy…

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Oceanside Fire and EMS were easy to find thanks to their ladder truck having the ladder fully extended – Wow, that is big! Firetrucks are somewhat old hat to us from all our travels. We’ve found that firemen are typically super friendly and welcoming about letting Hunter explore their trucks and learn about their profession.

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A big thanks to all of the Oceanside Public Safety Staff – being out and approachable sure helps inspire and motivate kids, both to trust them and to consider the roles as a future career.

E-ONE Firetruck factory tour

hunter & e-one signE-ONE Firetrucks is a worldwide designer & manufacturer of Firetrucks, located in Ocala, Florida. We phoned them up to see if there was a chance of getting a tour as part of our homeschool activities and they generously said YES – Hunter was on cloud nine and bouncing off the walls in anticipation!

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It was really interesting to see how a firetruck goes from design right through to completed testing and sign-off. There are an amazing number of small details throughout the process, even just picking the colours and lettering!

hunter & stickersE-ONE is vertically integrated and makes everything on and in the firetruck except for the engine. They also do all of their own repair work. It was a wonderful experience and we really appreciate their generosity.

Fire Trucks, Fire Trucks, Fire Trucks

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To say that Hunter is “into Firetrucks” is a significant understatement. Thanks to Tim having worked as a volunteer fireman for Mount Lorne Fire Department for 5 years, Hunter has experienced Fire Trucks in an intimate way. He has also extensively studied the Mighty Machines Fire Hall episode.

The Parkland, Florida Fire hall is right on our bike route so we have been checking it out on a daily basis. Some days the trucks are out and some days they are not. Hunter quickly noted exactly what kinds of trucks they have, the colours and features etc. We were puzzled with their colour – why were they green? On one of our daily bike rides we stopped in and chatted with a fireman and learned that the government doing the purchasing gets to pick the colour. Parkland is very focused on the aesthetics of the municipality and therefore all of their municipal vehicles are Green. From a fireman’s perspective, this is not great as you are not as noticeable and recognizable…

One day as Tim and I were returning from our morning walk we came across a whole host of emergency response vehicles for a small car accident. We went home and hauled Hunter out of bed to check it out – he was quite thrilled…

Christmas morning we were lucky to catch the Firemen pulling the truck out for their daily run through. They were fabulous with Hunter, letting him climb up into the firetruck and giving him a thorough tour and run-down on all the pieces of equipment. Even Grandpa Bob had fun!