Saturday, 24 March 2012

Marty the Motorcycling giraffe Story 41 Marty and the Fire brigade

Marty the Motorcycling giraffe

Marty the motorcycling giraffe and his friends Peter and Victor are back at work after their exciting trip to Lake Turkana where they found a large chest full of treasure. Marty is lifting Peter up on his head so that he can reach up to clean the windows in the  tall buildings and Victor is busy filling up buckets of water and cleaning the window cleaning rags.

“I have brought some very nice new clothes and the most up to date mobile phone with my share of the treasure” Victor shouted up to the others.

“I have ordered a new van, that should be delivered soon” replied Peter “and Gloria has been buying new furniture for our home” he added.

“What about you Marty, have brought anything new yet?” asked Victor “or let me guess your going to spend all yours on another adventure to some far off land”

Marty smiled and replied “yes I do have a couple of trips in mind, but I also have something special planned for a few months time, but I am not telling anyone about it just yet”

“Oh a secret, hey!” exclaimed Peter “now that sounds interesting”

“Well you’ll just have to wait and see, because I am not telling anyone what I have planned just yet”

With that Peter noticed some smoke and flames coming from one of the tall buildings a bit further down the street

“Look that building’s on fire” Peter shouted

All of the sudden the loud sound of a fire engine’s siren rang out, as the smoke started to fill the air.

It wasn’t long before the fire brigade arrived and all the fire fighters were running around, getting there equipment out of the fire engine ready to put the fire out.

A very frightened looking lady ran up to the fire fighters and shouted

“Msaada, msaada! watoto wangu ni kukwama kwa juu ya jengo kuungua tafadhali kuwaokoa” (Help help!  My children are stuck in the top of the burning building, please save them)

“sisi kuokoa watoto” (we will save the children) promised the chief fire fighter

As two of the fire fighters started to hose the bottom of the building, another sat in the cage at the top of the fire engines ladder and the driver started to raise the ladder, but suddenly there was a large grinding sound and the ladder wouldn’t rise any more.

“Oh no” shouted the chief fire fighter, “the engine is broke, we will have to send for another and that could take too long”

“Msaada watoto” (help my children) cried the lady.

Peter pushed his way to the front of the crowd that had gathered to watch, “me and my friends can help” Peter shouted to the fire fighters, and explained that a fire fighter could sit on Marty’s head to reach the children down and that he had lots of buckets of water on the back of his truck that could be thrown on to the fire

“Great idea” shouted the fire chief, he instructed Marty to come forward.

Marty kneeled down and lowered his head, so that a fire fighter could climb aboard and then he lifted him into the air. Marty bravely moved his head towards the burning building, and he could feel the fierce heat of the flames on his neck and face.

As they neared the top window, the fire officer leaned forward and smashed he window with his axe and climbed into the building.

He then one by one lifted the three small watoto (children) and placed them onto Marty’s head.

“Lower them carefully now Marty” instructed the fire fighter and Marty gently carried the children down to the ground near where their mother was waiting.

“Oh asante sana, asante sana” shouted the lady as she rushed forward to cuddle her children.

Marty then lifted his head back up to the window to get the fire fighter out of the building.

Marty then stepped a safe distance back from the fire and reached down to pick up the fire engine’s hose. The fire fighter then sat on Marty’s head and sprayed water over the building.

At the sae time Peter, Victor and the other fire fighters threw buckets of water from the back of Peter’s van all over the bottom of the fire.

It took a long time to put the fire out and everyone was very tired so Peter told Victor and Marty to take the rest of the day off and to go and get some rest.

The fire chief thanked them all for their help and said that Marty was particularly brave in helping to rescue the watoto.

Marty was very tired when he got home and he soon fell asleep. He slept soundly right through the night, and only woke up the next morning when he heard the paper boy delivering his copy of the Nairobi Star (newspaper).

Marty got out of his bed and picked the newspaper up and he couldn’t believe what he saw.

On the front page there was a picture of him rescuing the children and the headline read

“Marty Giraffe is the hero of the day”

This made Marty smile, he liked being a hero and he couldn’t wait to see what more adventures might lay in store for

Marty the Motorcycling giraffe

Dont for get to check next weeks story : Marty's exciting european adventure part 1 Marty goes to Paris