Dedicated To Those Who Have Served
Dedicated To Those Who Have Served
On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, a new tradition was implemented as a way to remain connected with our Fire Family, both past, present and future. Gathering on the first Wednesday of every month at Perkos Café (1321 W. 11th Street) for breakfast, ALL personnel are invited: active, administrative, retired, reserve and retired reserve. This is a great opportunity to hang-out, foster relationships, and catch up with some of the “old-timers” to let them know that they are still a part of our great organization. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
In an on-going effort to glean some knowledge, wisdom and experience from our Retirees, please scroll down below the photos to read answers to a short list of questions (as they become available).
TRACY FIRE DEPARTMENT RETIREES (click the name for a photo)
Darryl Scott, Engineer (1997-2019)
Ed Ramos, Engineer (1992-2018)
John Allen, Engineer (1990-2017)
John Babcock, Captain (2000-2013)
The morning conference calls. Joking aside I miss the bond you feel seeing your brothers and sisters at work. The down time sitting around the table eating , laughing, joking, and solving the worlds problems.
The fire service is constantly changing so you need to evolve with it and adapt. You can’t get complacent. Always keep this in mind “It’s not what you did yesterday but what can you do today that really matters”.
Any fire that you had that you think you could have done better. No one fire in particular stands out. Always try to learn from the last one to do better at the next one. Now that I think about it more one does stand out in my mind. One afternoon in the winter of 2013. A single story residential fire on Lincoln near Grantline Rd. The last fire I responded too.
I had a few mentors in my career. I was from the old school breed and really looked up to two Tracy Captains. I always hoped I could be half the firefighter they were. William Larimer and Jim Oliveira. These guys and seen and done it all.
6. Please share a funny or humorous “fire story” with today’s Tracy Firefighters.
Here’s one from the archives. Early in my career I responded solo, yes i said solo to a medical call in a very large Mobile Home Park. I was driving a 1973 Peterbuilt Fire Engine. These were 10 speed with a fuller road range shifter. You had to double clutch them. After pulling out of the station and talking on the radio I had my microphone cord wrapped around the steering column. While driving you had to find the mobile home space on a map. This mobile home park had speed bumps. There were no print outs in those days just audio from dispatch. I got inside the park near the location and hit a speed bump. All the map pages went flying along with the space number I wrote down. I arrived at the space I thought I had written down. Nobody answered the door and it was unlocked so I entered. I made my way to the bedroom where I could hear moaning sounds. To the couples surprise here i was. I was in the wrong mobile home. It was the one next to it. Off by one. Luckily the couple were good sports and after the call was over they meant me outside before i returned to the station and we all got a good laugh.
Bill Larimer, Captain (1972-2008)
George Hernandez, Engineer (1983-2008)
Larry Fragoso, Division Chief (1982-2004)
Bruce Blanton (1985-1999)
Larry French (1972-1999)
P.O. Box 185
Tracy, CA. 95378-0185