Firemen are firemen, even in China … Spring, 2011
... although they are members of a national service, run out of Beijing, not by local governments. So that is the reason for the army guys, not the police, doing traffic control when the local fire brigade ran through some training exercises yesterday. But firemen are, down deep inside, guys, and high school guys at that. So part of the training is a run, about 100 meters, with hose and connections. At the end of the run, they have to hook up the hoses and put out a small electrical fire. The water was already hooked up to a small pump, and came from our on-campus lake.