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Last night I was voted into the fire department. Apparently it was unanimous (I left during the discussion and voting).

After the meeting, I hung around for a while. Various other(!) FFs showed me things on the engines. I got to try on a Scott airpack. I got to play with the jaws of life and the complimentary beetle-pinchers tool for cutting car roofs off.

Then they set me up with turnout gear; new coat, pants, and suspenders, old boots, new gloves, old mittens, new nomex hood, old helmet, new fire department license plate, old pager. Pager!

Now my communications 'basic load' consists of pager and cell phone for work, pager for search and rescue, pager for fire department, radio for ambulance. Crazy. I feel like I need a Bat utility belt.

I'm not allowed to take my gear home for three months; I'm probationary. I'll post a picture of me in my gear sometime later.

I will be meeting with the department officers next Tuesday. They didn't say why, but I assume it is to discuss training and probationary requirements.

On a different front, today we received notice from the courts in New Hampshire and Vermont that we won our suits against both our former landlord and former tenant. Now we just have to collect, which may be difficult. Still, good news.

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peregrin8
Feb. 18th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
congrats!
are they red suspenders?
bxiie
Feb. 18th, 2004 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: congrats!
Of course.
rozebud
Feb. 18th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
Fireman Jim & his Utility Belt
Congrats on the vote-in! I'm sure I speak for us all when I say I can't wait to see the full-regalia photo.

Pardon my ignorance (once again), but I didn't know you had tenants, let alone a lawsuit against them. Elaborate?

I'm guessing the one against the former landlord is related to the lead problem in the old rental house, right?

Will you get a thingy to use to climb up the side of a skyscraper? That was always my favorite Bat-scene.
bxiie
Feb. 18th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Fireman Jim & his Utility Belt
Tenants... It's complex, but here are the bare details. This place has a second house about 400 feet from the main house. Although we boight it with the intention of using as an office, it came with a tenant and a lease. The seller kept the security deposit but did not tell us (as we suspect) that it was for non-payment of rent. We told the tenant that we would allow him to delay paying us a security deposit and that we would not hold him to the terms of the lease but would allow him to leave with 30 days notice. The tenant claimed financial difficulties and did not pay the first two months rent... Of course, being the nice people we are, we took him at his word and let him defer paying. He paid for months three and four. He did not pay for month five; in fact, he moved out without notice while we were out of town leaving 40 cubic feet of recyclables in the kitchen, five (!) truckloads of trash and garbage in the yard, and taking the dishwasher. When I called him to ask him what was up with the back rent he stated that if I took him to court, he would claim the house was uninhabitable. Cretin. So I took him to court, showing up with a videotape I took a few days after he moved out, report of the inpection we had done before we bought the place, and all kinds of paperwork including the receipt for the dishwasher... He had actually picked up the dishwasher, paying cash, and had been reimbursed by the former owner. He claimed to the judge that he had thrown away the receipt just before I produced it. Heh. Did I note he's a cretin? He made all sorts of outlandish claims in a countersuit that he was unable to substantiate in court (one example... he claimed that the lease stated that the landlord would pay for snowplowing but that the lease had been stolen from his house... And he did not know why we had a lease with his signature on it that did not mention snowplowing). Anyway, the judge had little patience with him... He couldn't even bother to pay attention in court. It did take me a long time to lay out all of the evidence I had, though, so who can blame the poor guy for not paying attention to the proceedings?

bxiie
Feb. 18th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Fireman Jim & his Utility Belt
Landlord... Indirectly related to the lead. The landlord agreed to return our security deposit and pay lead expenses when we moved out. After we moved out he claimed he could not yet afford to pay us, though he put an addition onto his office during this time. Conveniently, he did not send us even a bogus accounting of the deposit within the alloted time period or bother to respond to my certified letters. Only after I filed suit after two months of the run-around did he bother to respond, predating his response to try to appear as though he sent it, responding to the note I gave him when we moved out, several days before I filed suit. Heh... I always staple the envelope to correspondence before I file them. Anyway, it took a year to get done; he hired a scuzzy young lawyer to represent him in court and never actually showed up himself. They tried to have the suit thrown out on technicalities; I initially filed the suit against the landlord rather than his incorporated business and they tried to get it thrown out over that. They filed a countersuit claiming that we never gave notice and that they were unable to rent the place for several months. I actually went to court once and the suit was postponed twice on technicalities before the matter was actually heard. The landlord and his wife *both* died before the last court date (there is some justice), so having me amend the suit to go against the corp was actually in my favor in that we avoided probate (so far... We'll see how it goes from here). Anyway, when we finally got to court, I again had all kinds of documentation and the slimey lawyer had none. Conveniently, the next tenant had requested oil burner service that was misbilled to us two weeks after we moved out, so my producing the 'tenant requested service' bill took the wind out of the 'no notice/couldn't find tenant' counterclaim.

The landlord tried to sell the house in the meantime... Heather was driving by one day and noticed the sign. She called the realtor and asked if they knew that a New Hampshire-certified inspector had prepared a report showing lead paint in every room in the house. Somehow, the sellers had overlooked giving a copy of the report to the realtor or disclosing the presence of the paint. Huh. We sent a copy of the report along and I am happy to report that the house is still on the market, even after dropping the price by almost 50%.

I was intimidated at first by having to argue my case against a lawyer, but he didn't add much value to the landlord's non-case. Although I think the guy is a scumbag, it pleases me to think that the landlord must have paid this guy at least as much as he originally owed us.

I'm not sure if I get a batarang-rope-dealie. I'll have to ask.
rozebud
Feb. 19th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC)
Landlords and tenants and bears, oh my!
Thanx for explaining...fascinating reading! Sounds like youse guys should just stay away from renting property, given this track record. Of course, you could now be "pre-disastered" and have only good tenents in the future, but why take a chance?

"Somehow, the sellers had overlooked giving a copy of the report to the realtor or disclosing the presence of the paint."

I hate people.
eloquentwthrage
Feb. 18th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Excellent!

Say, isn't there a way for them to consolidate pagers? I mean, I know they all give you a separate one, but couldn't all but one of them make record of that one number to be used for emergencies? Or is that too logical?
bxiie
Feb. 18th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
That is too logical. The SAR one is a group numeric pager, the work one is an alphanumeric, and the fire one is a voice pager... So they're incompatible.
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