On Friday, Visual Journalism class took a trip to the Third Batallion, Baltimore City Fire Station.
Here are our drawings and reports. It was a great day of drawing.
Engine Company 30, Truck Company 8, Medic 12
3220 Frederick Ave. 21229
Firehouse Interview and drawings by Grant Lindahl
Visiting the Baltimore Firehouse was a unique experience. The 100-year-old fully functional building houses two fire engines and one ambulance. The fire fighters work on a shift schedule of four days on call and four days off. While chatting with Firefighter David Rumber I was given inside knowledge about the lives of Baltimore City’s finest. Below is an excerpt from my interview last Friday the 17th of Feb 2012.
Q: I notice that this engine has a logo of a spiders and a bee is caught in the spider’s web. What is the significance of this logo?
A: Well the engine is number eight and spiders have eight legs. Our rival fire department is the bee so we have it caught in our web.
Q: Why did you become a Firefighter?
A: Well when I started out it was just a job and I was a young kid that needed a job. But I realized that I really like helping people that’s it the bottom line Its all about helping people.
Q: What do you think is one of the most important things that the Baltimore Community needs to improve fire safety?
A: I believe that communication from the governmental offices to the public is lacking. If we can inform the public quickly about local problems it could start a revolution. Right now in Baltimore there is a gap in communication between the government and the community.
Q: So you have a young daughter. What do you tell her to do if there is a fire?
A: She knows a lot about fire safety. I told her that if there was ever a fire stay where you are and I will come get you.