You check oil and water and such, then start the vehicles and drive them outside so noisy sirens and pumps and things can be checked.
Once we have the pump running we also get to check all the watery bits.
There is a radio check-in with the local control centre for all vehicles and stations, so for a little while you sit in the cabs and wait your turn to do that. Not surprisingly, volunteer fire brigades are very common in Western Australia, both around the city edges and in the country. Tens of thousands of people around the state are out on Saturday mornings doing just what we are doing.
After vehicle checks, it was back inside for cups of tea and bikkies, chats, and snuggles with Harley the First Lieutenant's dog, who is a rescue boy and loves his dad so much he prefers to be with him all the time. It makes us happy that others at the station are dog lovers just like us. We feel right at home.
After that we often take the vehicles out and do something interesting like some four wheel driving in the bush that is part of our area to cover, but this week we didn't. Too cold I think. Yes we are wooses for cold here, and it really isn't that cold.
In other events for the weekend, Bunyip Dreaming has gone out to my first readers! As usual, an exciting time for me. Will they enjoy it? Have I fallen into any major plotholes? Will the characters have depth? Will my readers finish reading the book feeling happy, fulfilled and wishing there was a sequel already?
I have to refrain from trying to guess if they are reading yet and just get on with other things. So, while I wait for news from my readers, I can begin work on the cover art for the book. I don't want to give too much away with this cover, so I am thinking alien landscape at night, with maybe just silhouettes of people and beasts to tempt the imagination. Hmmm... time to get out the sketchbook again already!