Friday, September 01, 2006

Ready... Aim...

So sometimes there's a fire onboard. There's not supposed to be, but with all the fire extinguishers on board, I gathered that sometimes someone's barbequeing and it gets out of hand. Ergo, the HAZMAT course. This one teaches you all about the dangers of chemicals on an airplane and why your first thought when discovering a baggie full of white powder shouldn't be, "SNORT IT." It was somewhat relieving to find out that most of the horrible biological agents they like to talk about on TV actually take days to kill you, and so any bad guys on a plane would most likely not use them, and instead hit you with a coffee pot instead.
Oh yeah, the fire. They lined us up in front of a fire pit and had us don the fabled Protective Breathing Equipment, or PBE. PBE was one of the acronyms we had to learn before reporting to class, and we all thought it was going to be some specialized automatic Darth Vader-type breathing apparatus. As you can see from the picture, no. It's a knock-off Gucci handbag that you put on your head, with little oxygen cannisters to extend your breathing and embarrassment time. And so we each got to kill a fire while wearing a bad astronaut Halloween costume, wahoo.
Here, Steve knocks out a fire with vim and style.


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