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Tiger Cubs explore fire station

Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

The Waterman Fire Department opened its doors to four Waterman Tiger Cub Scouts for a visit on Jan. 10.

When scout leader Randy Leifheit asked if he could bring his Tiger Cubs to visit, Fire Chief David Lave, who is scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 139, quickly agreed. Tiger Cubs Will Leifheit, Dylan White, Alex Whitely and Cole Jernigan were given a tour of the fire station.

The boys thought the radio room was cool, the meeting room was OK, and the highlight of the kitchen was that one Tiger Cub found a penny. Then Troop 139 Eagle Scouts Nick Cipra and Mitchell Lave – who also is a firefighter – took the Cubs to see the good stuff – the big red trucks. The Cubs tried on turnout gear, turned on the trucks’ emergency lights, explored the ambulance and talked to each other on headsets.

The Cubs also “met” Rescue Randy, a department training manikin, and saw SCBA masks, the Jaws of Life and a thermal-imaging camera. Firefighter Nick Watgen, who also is a scout leader for Troop 139, put on all of his turnout gear and showed the Cubs all of the tools he carries in his pockets, which seemed bottomless to the Cubs.

After the tour, the Cubs stayed to sit in on the Troop 139 meeting.

“One of the best parts about being a fire chief and also a scoutmaster is being able to teach and mentor so many different ages,” David Lave said in a news release. “If they ever wanted to stop back, the doors will be opened and we will be here.”

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