Lincoln Fire & Rescue has applied for reaccreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, CFAI. As part of the process, the Commission peer assessment team to applicant agencies, composed of specially-trainged professionals from other agencies around the country.
Our team arrived in Lincoln on Sunday. The four members are from El Paso, TX; Ft. Collins, CO; Durham, NC; and Winter Park, FL. With the exception of our colleague from Colorado, this is a decidedly warm weather team. They arrived in Lincoln on Sunday, when the high temperature was an unseasonable mild 56 degrees. They awoke Monday to a balmy four degrees, and a wild child hovering around ten below. It got a bit cooler this morning, presently negative eight.
We're rather accustomed to such fluctuations here in the middle of the continent, but it's a bit of a shock to the uninitiated. Somebody described it to the team thusly: "It's a dry cold." I'll still take a couple months of sub-freezing daily lows to the months of oppressive humidity of Florida and North Carolina, personally. Our shivering guests will have a good story about the climate change they endure when they return to the tropics on Thursday.