Ross Valley firefighters had just received a refresher course in how to deliver a baby, when, real life kicked in.
But this time, the baby delivery wasn't a simulated session in a classroom. It was a real infant delivered in a car pulled over to the side of the road.
"It wasn't an ideal scenario," Capt. Mark Weston, the baby deliverer, said Tuesday in a phone interview. "But it was just one of those things that we do."
It began as a typical training day at the Ross Valley firehouse on Monday in San Anselmo. A Marin County doctor, Mark Bason-Mitchell, was teaching the team about childbirth and obstetrics. At 7:40 p.m., Engine 19 was dispatched to an "imminent childbirth" on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard not far from downtown San Anselmo.
A police offfcer yelled for help.
Weston, who has delivered babies before, jumped right in, assisting the mother deliver what appeared to be a healthy baby boy in the back of her Hyundai.
As soon as the umbilical cord was snipped, paramedics whisked mother and baby to Marin General Hospital.
"It was pretty exciting," Weston said.