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The First Wednesday

On day three, Class 1, Running and sounding seriously tight during cadence runs, decided that we wanted less of Oscar’s and more of our own cadence-singing. GI Jane belted one out that she made up. Then Oscar is like, “Come on out here if you wanna git some,” and Sig Winchester bounded out. Damn, that guy is good. For the next mile he was leading us in cadence and I hope it will be a regular feature of the runs – he’s AWESOME at it. Almost as if he’s done it before someplace.

The next three days were, academically, as dry as can be – The US and state constitutions, multiculturalism and professional policing.

At around 2 pm on Thursday the director, the academy administrator enters the classroom.

Gentlemen, a truck carrying chlorine gas has crashed and flipped on Hwy 5. The prevailing winds are heading south at three miles an hour, giving us seven minutes before the cloud reaches us. Grab your 72-hour go bags and meet us in the main room, which we are gonna seal off for the duration.

Now, allow me to say something about myself. I am something of a survivalist. I don’t leave the house without at least one firearm, often two, and extra mags for both. I always carry at least one flashlight, often two. I always carry a knife. I keep a 30-day, three-person supply of MREs, water and other food in our house. I have a 17Kw backup generator at my house. I live my life preparing for things like what he just said. But when I entered the academy, they told us “no weapons of any kind,” and we’re supposed to be ship-shape at all times, meaning no bulging pockets.

All this is by way of saying that I was pretty damn furious that the one time I am un-prepared, my administrator asked me to demonstrate that I was prepared. I have now ordered a new 72-hour go-bag for my car, and I will ALWAYS carry sufficient stuff for three days survival in my car and as much as I can on my person. Don’t need to tell this cadet more than once.

2 comments for “The First Wednesday

  1. O.
    July 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    So what happened with the “chlorine truck”??

  2. July 28, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Ahh, the chlorine truck. The purpose of that exercise was to demonstrate to us the necessity of always having a 72 hour “go” bag comprising food, first-aid, tools, weapons, handcuffs and everything we’d need to survive and help people for 72 hours. Arriving in a room with 45 people and being asked to show the group how you’ve prepared to help them survive for 72 hours, and having nothing to show but an apple, an orange, a cell phone and your glasses case was an Object lesson I shall not soon forget. My go bag, now resident in the hidey-hole in my car, comprises:

    Valved N95 Respirator Masks (Box of 10)
    Emergency Blankets (reflective)
    Nikon 7218 Action 10 X 50mm Binoculars
    Personal 72 Hour Kit (MRE Heaters, MRE Main Dish Entrees, MRE Side Dishes, Accessory Packets, Water Pouches, Candy Pieces, Large Daypack, Emergency Poncho, Tube Tent, Lightstick, 100-Hour Plus Candle, Pocket First-Aid Kit, Emergency Blanket, 18-Hour Hand and Body Warmer, Whistle with Lanyard, Waterproof Matches, Toilet Paper, Comfort Kit)

    Medic’s First Aid Kit (Standard Bandages (3/4″x3″), 7/8″ Spot Pad Bandages, Iodine Prep Pads, Non-Adherent Sterile 2″x3″ Pads, Surgical Micropore 1″ Tape, Antiseptic Towelettes, Extra Large Bandages (2″x4.5″), Ammonia Inhalant, Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment, Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever, Alcohol Prep Pads, Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (3″x4″), Medium Butterfly Bandages, Large Butterfly Bandages, Fingertip Bandages, Knuckle Bandages, Sterile Gauze Pad (2″x2″), Sterile Gauze Pads (3″x3″), Sterile Gauze Pads (4″x4″), Round Eye Pad, Safety Pin, Liquid Crystal Forehead Thermometer, Tongue Depressor, Triangular Bandages, 5 1/2″ Bandage Scissors, EMT Shears, Fine Point Tweezers, Small Soap Bar, Porous Cloth Tape (1″x10 yds), Instant Ice Pack, Sterile Eye Wash (4 oz), 2″ Sterile Roller Gauze, 3″ Sterile Roller Gauze, 4″ Sterile Roller Gauze, Rubber Elastic (3″x 5 yds), Sterile ABD Pads (5″x9″), Nylon Medic Bag, BurnFree Sterile Dressings (4″x4″), Pain Relieving Gel (4 oz), Small Vinyl Exam Gloves, Medium Vinyl Exam Gloves, Large Vinyl Exam Gloves, Wilderness and Travel Medicine Book, Nox-A Sting Wipes)

    Coghlan Commando Saw
    Samurai Survival Tool
    Windproof and Waterproof Matches (1 box)
    KATADYN® HikerT Water Filter
    Epi-Clenz – 16 oz
    5-in-1 Survival Whistle
    Sig Sauer P229R .40 with Streamlight, 2 spare mags, 300 rounds Hornady Critical Defense ammo
    SureFure E2D LED Defender, four spare batteries

    And THAT’S what happened with the chlorine truck.

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