9 responses to Amish Firefighters & EMTs Using Motorized Scooters
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    Cheryl Mellblom
    Comment on Amish Firefighters & EMTs Using Motorized Scooters (May 2nd, 2018 at 08:11)

    When I was in Texas last winter, I heard the Amish are sending people to help with the recovery from Harvey. I think this is wonderful. If you haven’t done an article on this, please consider one. I wonder how they got to Texas, where they stayed as there are few Amish communities in Texas, and their reactions to a definitely different life style.

    • We actually had a post already on Harvey Cheryl, thanks for asking about it. I don’t know if it covers all the questions you asked, but you can find it here, based off of a local news report: http://amishamerica.com/600-amish-mennonites-help-rebuild-houston-after-harvey/

      There is only one Amish community in Texas, so I’d guess they either stayed with hosts or in inexpensive motels. There are Mennonite communities in Texas, and Mennonites are a part of the effort too, so they may have been hosts in this case as well. As far as getting there, the 15-passenger van with a hired driver is a common way larger groups of Amish go long distances.

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        OldKat
        Comment on Recovery from Harvey (May 3rd, 2018 at 09:12)

        Recovery from Harvey

        I live about an hours drive from Houston. That is an hours drive when there is little traffic; which I think occurs from 1:30 AM until about 3:30 AM most business days. (Kind of kidding about this, but not much.)

        Regardless, our news is pretty much what we see coming out of Houston. Earlier this week their Mayor, Sylvester Turner, was discussing the recovery work that has taken place. He also mentioned the number of people that are still not back in their homes. I forget the number, but it was staggering.

        Since we had had very little damage in our area, it is easy to forget how devastating that situation really was.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on slippery slope (May 2nd, 2018 at 08:40)

    slippery slope

    I can see both sides of the argument. In my human view saving lives supersedes church law. On my spiritual side I view it as a slippery slide to growing away from Godliness. So many Christians (myself included) have slowly slid away from God by putting convenience and entertainment above God and living a God directed life. Soccer games over church, keeping prayer and Bible study short in order to get home to favorite TV show. This list goes on and on.

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    Debbie Kuhn
    Comment on EMT/FIRE (May 2nd, 2018 at 10:11)

    EMT/FIRE

    The volunteers at fire companies aren’t the only Amish using them. I have seen them on occasion on the roads of Lancaster County. I saw an Amish guy scooting really quickly one day on my way home with my Amish workers. I said to them while he is really moving fast. John said to me that it was motorized. I said nah get out. Sure enough it was. I teased my guys that there goes my job security, lol. I said next thing you know they will be driving cars. The guys laughed and said I would still have job security. I ask them, how do you figure? They said I could get a tow truck because with all the Amish driving there would be more accidents, lol.

    • Hah, neat story Debbie. Well, I know it was said as a joke, but there may be some truth in this prediction…at least that would be the concern among church leadership.

      I will keep my eyes peeled for this now next time I’m in the area, since it will probably creep out into the “general population” as you’ve seen examples of already.

      I can’t speak about the tech side of this idea, but maybe buggies will get a motor at some point, to give a little extra boost for tired horses at the end of long journeys. As the community continues to expand geographically, you could see the justifications or desire for it (and the recent significant jump in the price of horses could also work into the argument). I could see something like that sneaking in, especially since it could probably be installed with little visual indication of it being there, and once people have had experience of using a similar device on another common and otherwise manually-powered vehicle it would make it theoretically easier to accept as well…

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    OldKat
    Comment on Riding a horse for transportation (May 3rd, 2018 at 08:56)

    Riding a horse for transportation

    Erik wrote: “Before we close, one other thing I learned from this column: some Amish go by horseback when emergency duty calls”.

    About 10 years ago, when I was having my mares trained to drive by a member of the Beeville, TX Amish community I would often drive down there one day, spend a couple of days with the young man that was training them & then return home. At night I’d stay in an apartment that a friend had attached to the barn on some property that he owned nearby.

    I’d get up early and drive the short distance to the community to watch the early morning activities around there. One thing I noticed was that the bulk of the boys were riding horses to school, but invariably they were riding bareback.

    I asked someone in the community about it, & he said they don’t like to have to saddle and unsaddle twice a day. So they just slip a bridle on them, grab a hand full of mane and swing themselves up on their horse and go. In the afternoon, they just reverse the process and head the other direction.

    My mother actually wrote a horse to school in the primary grades in the early 1920’s and one of the neighbor boys would unsaddle it in the morning when she got to school & place the saddle in a shed near the building. In the afternoon he would saddle the horse up for her. It was a good arrangement, but she said that she hated to rely on someone else to have to do that for her. She was too small to do it herself. Sounds like the Amish boys in Beeville have solved that problem.

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      Comment on Horseback to school (May 12th, 2018 at 08:26)

      Horseback to school

      Neat anecdote Oldkat, first time I’ve heard that horseback riding would be the preferred way to get to school in a community. Maybe a dumb question but how much more difficult is it riding bareback vs. a saddled horse? And is saddling/unsaddling that much work that it would be worth skipping that step?

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    OldKat
    Comment on Edit (May 3rd, 2018 at 09:00)

    Edit

    I meant to say that she RODE a horse to school, rather than WROTE a horse to school. Not sure why I typed that. Knowing her fondness for all horses she probably wrote plenty about them , too.

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