Down to Earth Romance

My husband and I attend the Old Fiddler’s Picnic in Pennsylvania’s Hibernia Park almost every year to enjoy a day of live country and bluegrass music. While the guitars and banjos play, antique and classic car collectors showcase their automobiles, vendors sell crafts and homemade snacks, tours of the Colonial era Hibernia mansion take place, and the fire department stands by in case of an emergency.

Since my published romance novellas Hook Me Up, Naturally Yours, and Santa To The Rescue feature firefighter and paramedic heroes, I asked permission to take pictures for research purposes of the firefighting equipment and trucks parked on the festival sideline. The captain graciously said yes, and then one of the firefighters offered to show me how turnouts are worn. (Turnouts: fireproof jacket, and fireproof pants with suspenders and boots attached.)

I must admit, I’ve never been so interested in watching a man put clothes on, though the firefighter dressed so quickly my camera and I could hardly keep up. Lol.


Here’s how a firefighter dresses for duty, step by step:

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The turnout all-in-one bottoms with suspenders and boots attached.


The firefighter steps into the turnouts within seconds.

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The turnout coat.



The firefighter slips on the turnout coat.


Velcro closures make for fast work.



The firefighter grabs his helmet and is ready for action.


Part Two–Firefighter: Ready To Roll 1/6/16


Photos copyright Adele Downs

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