14364 posts since 23 Jun, 2010, from north of London ON
I've sat on "storm watch" in pumpers, tankers, and a brush truck ("grasshopper," "brush buggy," pickup truck). I preferred the tanker due to its weight, it just seemed less likely to blow over... One night with Springville (ON) Fire, we had rotating wall clouds pass by in front of us, behind us, and directly above us.
We got a little nervous.
One afternoon with Centralia (again, ON) Fire, we were way short-handed so I had to go play West truck by myself. I took the brush truck. I had the truck's AM radio on a good weather station, the truck's fire radio on the channel where the provincial Emergency mis-Management Agency was yakkin', a portable set to County Fire, and another portable set to Huron Fire for truck to station jibber-jabber. That little truck sounded like a freakin' dispatch center. Alburnett had a truck about 6 or 7 miles West of me with a tornado touchdown, moving EAST. All I could see in their direction was BLACK SKY. I had this wonderful vision of calling in to EMA while flying OVER Centralia in a little white pickup truck with pretty red and blue lights a-flashin'...
Life in the midwest...ya gotta love it.
Another night/day of these thunderstorms...yay