Early this morning we picked up Brush 417 from the vehicle hospital. It was no surprise when the doctor called days before to give us the bad news, but we didn’t expect the patient to be terminal. Yet, that was the news.
It’s kind of strange how “both patients” – vehicles and humans – are alike. They both have a life span. Genetics affect the length of the life. Proper usage affects it. And each is affected by their maintenance plan.
If there’s a genetic problem, you might have to put some special additives in the engine, or you might have to do a bit of redesigning. You can’t always fix bad genes, but you can get the most possible life from what you were dealt.
Even with good genes, improper usage will affect longevity. The patient’s life is not going to be long lasting if they run over curbs, bang into things, use lousy fuel, or go full speed all the time.
Maintenance is a simple principle you’d expect everyone to practice, yet a quick glance at any obituary page or salvage yard clearly indicates otherwise. Too many patients go to the grave long before they should.
Brush 417 had some average genes. Unfortunately, she had to go full speed since she was a fire truck – albeit that wasn’t real fast. But, she had a great maintenance program and that had to be the reason she had a nice, long life.
The good part of the news about Brush 417 was the old girl had just enough left in her to make the eight mile trip from Stafford to St. John. She crept along Old Highway 50 like a box turtle, thick black smoke pouring from her exhaust. But, she made the entire trip.
“Rest in Peace” – Brush 417.