The life of a firefighter can be thrilling, adrenaline filled and occasionally dangerous.
But between calls? Of course, there can be some time to kill.
In those quiet hours, the Ace Brigade was born.
Give a bunch of firefighters and EMTs a steaming pot of coffee and a deck of cards, and those hours of waiting can disappear in no time.
Our newest mug, each one hand-spun by our friends at Grey Fox Pottery, is a tribute to our lifesaving, card-playing brothers and sisters — all members of the Ace Brigade.
The game doesn’t much matter. Poker or Gin Rummy. War or even Go Fish. Games of skill or games of luck. As long as there are four aces and 52 cards, the Ace Brigade competition is fast and furious.
Coffee is essential, too.
You’ve got to be alert and stay alert because you never know when the next call is coming. You never know when you’ll have to rush out the door to fight a fire, rescue accident victims or face down some scenario you never even imagined.
Sometimes, the Ace Brigade gets together and the call never comes. We don’t mind at all. Because the best coffee always leads to the best trash talk. And we love that, too.