What a busy summer I had this year. After traveling to New York City to attend Romance Writer's of America's national conference, traveled to Appleton Wisconsin to attend the 7th annual Writer's Police Academy. This was such a fabulous adventure for me. Well, for any suspense writer. There were hands on classes, demonstrations and lectures where I took notes until my hand cramped.
I'm definitely going back because there was only so much I could absorb at one time.
Here's some fun photos of the trip.
| As we drove up to the facility for the first time.|
|Inside the lobby|
|The back of the fire engine|
|They even had their own plane to train on|
| Watching a rescue litter demonstration|
| Watching traffic stop demonstrations|
| One of the many buildings in the 'town' for simulated training|
The fire captain demonstrating his turnout gear
|All dressed and ready for a fire. |
|A rescue dummy. I couldn't even move it. It weighed 170lbs. |
| The back of the fire truck|
|The fire truck with the ladder|
|Fellow Love Inspired Author Tina Radcliffe and I waiting our turn to ride in one of the fire vehicles|
| The back of the seat inside the fire truck|
The view from the passenger seat of the fire truck
|The driver's side with lots of equipment|
| That little button on the floor by my foot turns on the siren on the passenger side|
|This is a fire engine--means it doesn't have a ladder|
|Turnout gear storage|
A hands on demonstration. We cleared the motel during a simulated fire done with theatrical smoke. The smoke was more disorienting than darkness.
Above-the view from my hotel room. A pretty park in Appleton. And to the right an Irish pub. The name cracked me up. And below we had fried cheese curds. When in Wisconsin...
|Such a fun group of women. Debby Giusti, Christy Reese, Tina Radcliffe, Rhonda Starnes, Margaret Daley and me.|
A K-9 demonstration. The dog was a black German shepherd so he's hard to see but he has a hold of the 'suspect' who is wearing a bite suit.
Here we are again. It was a sunny and windy day in Wisconsin
Here the SWAT team showed off their equipment.
|The back of an ambulance with a dummy on the gurney|
|K-9 officers ride|
|K-9 officer and his handler at work sniffing out drugs in a car|
As you can see it was a full schedule with so much to learn.
If you'd like more information about the Writer's Police Academy you can find their website here
or visit their Facebook page
I highly recommend it!