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    If Only They Could Talk!

    If they could talk what would they say? Would they say they were the best? Would they say they were better than this one or better than that one? Would they say that one is a piece of junk, and I'm the best in the world?

    If they could talk they’d probably only talk about how much they wanted to get to the scene in spite of the way they were driven or maintained. All they’d talk about was their desire to get there and do the job no matter what their name was!

    Would they talk about how much they wanted to get the crew to the scene safely, and perform to the best of their ability to protect the crew and assist the families that needed them? No matter how old they were or how new they were they would all want to do the best they could. If possible the new ones would help the old ones, and the old ones would assist and advise the new ones.

    Then when the job was done they’d all only talk about how proud they were for getting everyone back to the house safe and sound. I don’t think they’d even care if they were washed or shined if everyone made it out of the fire ok, and all the firefighters made it home safe.

    If they could talk would they talk about their brother who broke down? They probably would, but only to find out what happened and to see if they could assist in seeing it didn’t happen again. Not to criticize or make fun of him. Not to ridicule or try to make him feel small. Would they laugh at the old, or make fun of the new and untried? They’d all get together and talk, and make plans to come together to see if the next time they could all get to the scene together as a team!

    We could learn a lot from our apparatus….. If only they could talk to us!
    Take Care & be SAFE
    Bert

  • #2
    If only they could talk, they would find something to bitch about, just like the guys!
    Last edited by firepiper1; 01-19-2007, 12:07 AM.
    I have only 2 allegiances, to my country and to my God. The rest of you are fair game.

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    • #3
      Alas, retjaxff, I might agree were it not for the opposing side that says ,"if only they would listen". The concept is correct but those involved (maker, dealer and buyer) have set the tone for the way it is. The apparatus is simply a victim of those involved in the end product.

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      • #4
        How about...

        How about an ALF mini-pumper saying "when I grow up i want to be an E-One"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by waterboy1 View Post
          How about an ALF mini-pumper saying "when I grow up i want to be an E-One"
          How about any E-One saying "I wish I wasnt in the shop all the time."
          "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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          • #6
            For tractor trailers, but sort of goes with the topic of the thread.......An old truck driving ballad: "Hello, I'm a Truck."

            In 1971, Gene Breeden was looking artists for his Portland Limited Records and had received a song from a mailman, Bob Stanton, entitled Hello, I'm a Truck. Red Simpson crossed paths with Gene in Vancouver, WA & cut the song which was picked up by Capitol


            Hello I'm a truck

            You've heard songs about truck drivers many times their stories told
            How they pulled out of Pittsburgh for six days on the road
            About the Feather River Canyon and climbin' the old grapevine
            That old roadhouse down in Texas and the girls they've left behind
            You've heard their tales of daring and I think that's just fine
            But if you can spare a minute well I'd like to tell you mine

            There'd be no truck drivers if it wasn't for us trucks
            No double clutching gear jammin' coffee drinking nuts
            They'll drive their way to glory and they have all the luck
            There'd be no truck drivers if it wasn't for us trucks

            Well there he sits in that cafe drinking coffee and telling lies
            Probably telling 'em how he topped that hill ten miles back
            He ought to tell 'em how he missed a gear
            And that Volkswagen bus full of hippies passed us like I was sitting up on jacks
            Or how we took that curve over on 66
            Hadn't been for me hanging on the shoulder we'd both wound up in the ditch

            If we're on time he takes the credit if we're late I get the blame
            Up those hills with shutters open my stacks are running flame
            My tach running red line sucking diesel from the tanks
            I take him south and bring him back without a word of thanks
            So now you've heard my story and I guess it's my tough luck
            There'd be no truck drivers if it wasn't for us trucks

            There'd be no truck drivers if it wasn't for us trucks
            No double clutching gear jammin' coffee drinking nuts
            They'll drive their way to glory and they have all the luck
            There'd be no truck drivers if it wasn't for us trucks

            Look at him sipping coffee and flirtin' with that waitress
            And where do you think he left me that's right next to cattle truck (moo)
            Why couldn't we have put me next to that little pink Mack sittin' over there
            Gosh, she's got pretty mud flaps, and talk about stacked, they're both chromed
            Well he'll be coming out in a minute and he'll get that bar
            And he'll go around and beat on my tires
            You know for two pints of diesel I'd have a flat on the inside dual
            Ha, that'd fix him
            I never did like the way he drives anyhow
            Thinks he's God's gift to waitresses he never gives 'em a tip
            Well I know what he's gonna do now
            He's gonna take out The tape cartridge of Buck Owens and play it again
            I don't know why he don't get a Merle Haggard tape
            "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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            • #7
              This is one reason

              Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
              How about any E-One saying "I wish I wasnt in the shop all the time."
              An E-one says " It's 5 below zero and I don't want to freeze my valves off so I think I will be sick today, please take me in for service"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by waterboy1 View Post
                An E-one says " It's 5 below zero and I don't want to freeze my valves off so I think I will be sick today, please take me in for service"
                No, an E-One says "It's 80 degrees and sunny today, tow me to the shop." Or, "It's 60 degrees and overcast today, tow me to the shop." Or, "It's 39 degrees and raining today, tow me to the shop." Or, "It's 72 degrees and partly cloudy today, tow me to the shop Oh, no, wait......I am already IN the shop!
                "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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                • #9
                  Ok I get the hint that you don't like E-one. Just having some fun and sorry about opening up old wounds. Hope the rest of your weekend gets better.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
                    No, an E-One says "It's 80 degrees and sunny today, tow me to the shop." Or, "It's 60 degrees and overcast today, tow me to the shop." Or, "It's 39 degrees and raining today, tow me to the shop." Or, "It's 72 degrees and partly cloudy today, tow me to the shop Oh, no, wait......I am already IN the shop!
                    Now that's just funny as hell!

                    The sad part is it's true.
                    Fire Lieutenant/E.M.T.
                    IAFF Local 2339
                    K of C 4th Degree
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                    "Fir na tine"

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                    • #11
                      In my station, it would probably be something like...

                      "WHO YOU CALLIN' YELLOW?!!!!.....Oh, wait....we ARE yellow...dangit...."
                      Last edited by dmleblanc; 01-20-2007, 10:59 AM.
                      Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
                      Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                      Paincourtville, LA

                      "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
                      — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
                        How about any E-One saying "I wish I wasnt in the shop all the time."
                        Our Lafrance says the same thing!

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                        • #13
                          I know some of our rigs would be saying "AAAAAAAAAAAA slow the $%^& down!!!!!!"

                          Fortunatley, most of those drivers have retired.
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                          "The most mediocre man or woman can suddenly seem dynamic, forceful, and decisive if he or she is mean enough." from "Crazy Bosses"
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                          Genius has its limits, but stupidity is boundless.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KenNFD1219 View Post
                            I know some of our rigs would be saying "AAAAAAAAAAAA slow the $%^& down!!!!!!"

                            Fortunatley, most of those drivers have retired.

                            yes but un-fortunatly there are usually 2 or 3 that take their place..lol

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                            • #15
                              Our LaFrance would be a hypochondriac. It would be afraid of doing anything because it was sick.

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