Mike, I too was a volunteer firefighter. From ‘82 to ‘98, worked my way to captain. I too rode the tailboards and had the time of my life! Wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. My son went on to being a firefighter/paramedic. We often talk about our experiences. Can’t believe how much things have changed since I was on. Had long rubber boots we pulled up and rubber gloves. Now the turnout gear is unbelievable. Good times.