Words of the Day: Mutual Aid (and Pheasants)
Today many of the emergency management coordinators from District 2 met in Mason City for our monthly meeting. We had much to cover and our meeting went considerably longer than normal. By early to mid-afternoon we were finally leaving. As I was headed toward the Avenue of the Saints I noticed a rapidly growing cloud of smoke coming out of the center of Mason City. At a stop light we could see emergency lights just up the highway. Some of us drove to the fire to assist with the initial response. My role was to assist with barricading intersections to allow responders to work without the risk of traffic congestion. Soon after I setting up barricades I headed back to Bremer County. However, after getting only a few miles out of town, those of us who were close were requested to return to assist with traffic control – to provide mutual aid.
Mutual aid is a good thing and a great resource. In this case, we were able to help at the Mason City incident that involved several city blocks. The next time mutual aid is requested could be in our counties when we need help. Think of it as an “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” kind of thing. Mutual aid works well, especially in areas with limited resources. Following are three pictures from the fire. While the ladder bucket on the aerial truck appears unoccupied, the firefighter was inside the bucket.
Charlie’s Fire in Mason City:
I did manage to shoot a couple of pictures of wildlife in the form of ring-necked pheasants. None of the birds really wanted me to see them. I did the best I could with the elusive pheasants..
Hen Ring-necked Pheasant:
Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant: