We arrived about 11:30pm and the station was already full of people. Outside, kids were having fun put out the prop fire, with the help of a real firefighter, of course. Inside, people and children were surrounding the Chief, who was leading a group of volunteers demonstrating the techniques of helping another volunteer, playing as an injured person. Then came the activity in the smoked room, a prop fire engine along with real rescuing vehicles; children were having a blast; and so were we.
Within an hour, we shot around 40 pictures, and believe that we had enough for the Sun Gazette. Before leaving the place, we each had a hot dog, compliment from the Great Falls Fire Department, and picked up freebies: a refrigerator magnet and an oven mitten. Wonderful time & trip.
The Sun Gazette of Great Falls uses the picture as the cover page of the newspaper that week. Hooray!