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February 8th, 2008

Most of you know that the weather in other parts of the country was far, far worse than what we went through in northeast Indiana. But that's for the national and regional news services to cover; we're just a small weekly paper, which explains the size of my paycheck!

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can I call myself headmaster?

I keep forgetting to mention, the class went pretty well Wednesday.

I got through the whole introduction thing, passing out materials, talking about the schedule, and all the busy work. We had one more student than I anticipated, so I had to contact the state Department of Homeland Security for more materials and to say I had an eighth person who would need certified. Haven't heard back from them yet, and if they don't say yes, I can't test that eighth guy out -- so keep your fingers crossed.

The teaching went fairly well. It's very dry material -- and it doesn't get much wetter, as we cover safety, laws and regulations, classroom preparation, and so on. I think I did okay ... don't know for sure. How'd I do, Spence? You drop by sometimes. :-)

At about 9 p.m., as I was getting my hopes up that we'd finish the safety section that night, the page went off for the accident that I posted pictures of in my last post. Considering the snowy weather, I suppose I should consider myself lucky we got that far!

So, off we go. Seven more weeks, then the certification test, and that's when we'll see how well I did. Then I'm planning to take them to the next level, from Instructor I certification to Instructor II/III certification -- and then let them loose on an unsuspecting world of rookie firefighters.

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