The first in a new HFD tradition, Engine 8 /Tac 1 on Park St
The view from my bedroom window, Engine 5 on Sigourney St
I never noticed the decorations in years past. On Saturday there was an accident by my driveway and Engine 5 was on scene providing EMS care. I noticed the engine was decorated showing holiday spirit, complete with a large wreath and tinsel.
My curiosity got the best of me and I started asking questions about the decorations. I was told that it was a social media campaign started by Hartford Fire Lieutenant Raul Ortiz on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/raul.ortiz.5494 After the decorations were complete on Lt. Ortiz's Engine 8 on Park Street. Lt. Ortiz threw out the challenge to the other Hartford Firehouses to start a friendly competition to show their Holiday Spirit and to build morale in the Department.
It seems to be catching on and it is amazing how little things can show leadership. The Hartford Fire Department has been through a couple of tough years. Maybe ideas by leaders like Lt Ortiz can jump start the rebuilding efforts (well, that and a new Chief)
Congratulations to Lieutenant Ortiz for your efforts and also for showing that Hartford does have pride.
The sad part is that the way this Department has been run recently and the poor decision making at the top, Ortiz will probably get a 90 suspension for unauthorized use of electricity.
If any other house would like to send me decoration pictures, e-mail them to me and I will post them.