As I stated before, some of my training is in Denver. This stage of training actually has two parts. The first part is a team building training. This is somewhat important as I am starting to meet several of the people I will be living with over the next year. There will only be about 45 to 50 of us that stay through the winter, so it is important that we can learn to live and work together.
I arrived in Denver last night over the past day or so I have been able to meet with and interact with most of the people. I had actually met a few of them before when we all did our psychological evaluations. So far it looks like a great group and I am really excited to be a part of it. We will spend the next couple of days getting to know each other better and hanging out. We are actually meeting at a small YMCA outside of Denver and the trip here had some amazing views. Sadly, the weather is a little overcast and rainy now, so I haven't had the opportunity to get many pictures, but I will post some as soon as I can.
The second part of our training has us split into two smaller groups. One group will do trauma training, while the other group does fire training. Many of the people I talked to said that fire training was a blast and told me I should do that, and that is what I signed up for. It doesn't hurt that I am not a huge fan of blood and such. I don't think I would have liked the trauma training, though I could do it if I had to. Apparently in the fire training you get to learn how to put out fires and rescue people caught in a fire and stuff like that. There is, sadly, one big downside. I am going to have to shave my beard! It turns out that in order go through the training you can't have a beard. It has something to do with the masks they use. I could keep a mustache, but I will probably just go clean shaven for a while. Otherwise, I am really looking forward to next week when that all starts. In the mean time, I am going to be enjoying our time up in the mountains of Colorado where the view is spectacular!