a guy who goes to our church is a firefighter and was nice enough to let a group of us visit the fire station. it was really fun. we got to ask all sorts of questions (i had lots), try on the gear (someone would need to rescue me with all that stuff on. talk about heavy) and sit in the fire engine. sadly we didn't get to slide down the pole, but chad was nice enough to do it a couple of times for us. i did learn they grease the pole so you slide down easier. that made me want to do it even more, but alas, i'm not a professional.