Another successful Writers’ Police Academy
Lee Lofland and his gang have done it again. This past weekend brought together writers from all over the country to another hands-on conference.
The new location was the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. (After trekking the 14 hr. drive to North Carolina in the past, it was a huge relief to have only a 3 ½ hr. drive from Chicago.)
The 1st day started with a rescue demonstration by the fire department, complete with Stokes basket.
My first class was “Fire Fundamentals” where we got to ride in a fire truck.
I think we flunked ‘Seat Belt 101’ since none of us could properly belt ourselves in.
Next up - A fingerprint expert
and Coroner Amanda Thoma.
There is a 727 plane parked in the back of the academy.
We sat on the plane and watched a demo where the instructor showed us how to deal with an unruly passenger.
Lastly, we entered a smoke-filled building.
The smoke deepened to the point that the only thing I could see was the person directly in front of me.
Yet firemen can clear a room in 6 seconds.