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  • LtStevieB82
    From my old Forest Fire section warden in NJ:

    The world's full of a--holes and idiots. The real fun is trying to separate the two.

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  • killerb
    These are Timeless Tactical Truths that I have accumulated from various sources:

    • The only safe assumption is to assume the worst.

    • Don't stand too close to the guys who are always bandaged up.

    • You can't save anyone if you are a victim.

    • If the lenses on the lightbar melt, you parked too close.

    • In most cases, extinguishing the fire solves the majority of the problems.

    • Effective analysis must always be mixed with water in order to put out the fire.

    • Don't ever develop a plan that is so smart that you can't explain it to the people who have to carry it out.

    • There are no "time-outs" at a fire scene.

    • Fire trucks should not be fueled on the way to the fire.

    • The Incident Commander should be the first person who thinks a fire is burning and the last person to believe that it is out.

    • The citizen who always beats you to the fires is probably setting them.

    • Safety zones and escape routes work best when everyone knows where they are.

    • If the fire isn't going out, you're not putting enough water on it.

    • Avoid situations that are so exciting that you don't survive.

    • Instructions are most effective when they are understood.

    • The very worst plan is no plan; the next worst plan is two plans.

    • If you have a lot of ideas, you need a lot of equipment.

    • Very little on the fire ground falls up.

    • The only thing that will impress a fire is well-placed force.

    • If a helicopter drops water 50 feet from where you're standing, you're in the wrong place.

    • Safety prevents meetings.

    • You can fool the spectators, but you can't fool the players.

    • Be careful who you give water to.

    • Retreats are far superior to funerals.

    • You can't outwait a fire.

    • If you aren't dressed to play, stay in the bleachers and off the field.

    • Don't assume that you're communicating just because you're talking.

    • The longer you take to make a decision, the fewer options you will have.

    • The more time that has elapsed since the last fire is less time until the next one.

    • The only thing that won't burn is dirt.

    • Dirt WILL burn if you're fighting fire in a peat bog.
    (Will Watson, Fire Chief, Standish, Maine)

    • If it CAN burn, it WILL burn.

    • When the wind picks up, something will happen.

    • Never challenge a fire to a foot race.

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  • OLE
    Bustin' ours to save yours!

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  • Capt. LaFrance
    Here are four that should be lived by:

    1. Don't pee into the wind.

    2. Don't try to back uphill in the snow.

    3. " A good plan, violently executed NOW, is better than a perfect plan next week."
    George S. Patton

    4. " The adage "Where there's smoke there's fire", is best not used as a management tool. According to the Laws of Physics and the Theorems of Fire Science, it is impossible to kindle the spirit by blowing smoke up the rectum."
    Chief Slusser

    Be safe, then be brave.

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  • Duey
    Right On...........

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  • jedge168
    2 favorites from work... "stupidity should be painful", and "gravity sux!"

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  • 911WACKER
    Had a instructor that always used to say"The mind can only retain what the *** can endure"

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  • weir_33
    this one needs no explaining
    shake trees - rake leaves

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  • FireLt1951
    I know this is a long one and I have posted it before, but it rings so true and I read it everyday before going to work. It's not really a saying I guess but it has impact.


    I am more powerful than the combined armies of the world.
    I have destroyed more men, women and children than all the
    wars of all the nations. I massacre thousands of people every year. I am more deadly than bullets and I have wrecked more
    homes than the mightiest guns.

    In the United States alone, I steal over 1 billion dollars each
    Year. I spare no one and find my victims among the rich and poor, the young and old and the strong and the weak. Widows
    know me to their everlasting sorrow. I loom up in such proportions that I cast my shadow over every field of labor.

    I lurk in unseen places and do most of my work silently. You
    Are warned against me, yet you heed me not. I am relentless,
    Merciless and cruel. I am everywhere, in the home, in the schools, in the factories, on land, on sea and in the air.

    I bring sickness, degradation and death. Yet few seek me out to destroy me. I crush, I maim, I devastate. I will give you nothing and rob you of all you have.


    Author Unknown

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  • huff317

    [ 08-07-2001: Message edited by: huff317 ]

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  • huff317
    Alright, I'm in, try these on:

    Fire does not care if you are paid or volunteer....

    Fire does not care what kind of gear you wear or how much that new apparatus cost....

    Fire does not care how old you are...

    Fire is unforgiving...

    and, last but not least,

    Fire is put down by courage and water. (not necessarily it that order!)

    On the lighter side..........

    You just might be on a redneck volunteer fire department if...

    1) You have to stop enroute to put out your truck,

    2) Your truck smokes more than the fire you are enroute to,

    3) Your fire chief and newest apparatus have the same birthday,

    4) You don't have five kids---you have a truck company manned by junior ff's--Woohoo!

    5) Your kids all dress in red and black--and look forward to you going to work!

    Have more, thinking of putting it all together and posting online.

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  • redmedusa41
    You know it's bad when : "the rats aren't trying to bite you when you're on the way in."

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  • Captain 12
    Don't **** on my leg, Then tell me it's raining out....

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  • bgfdchick
    kind of irrelevant to firefighting...but its a quote on the wall at my martial arts school, as said by my instructor...

    "A black-belt is a white-belt who never quit"

    ...and I keep a piece of my white belt in my pocket to always remember it.

    [ 07-29-2001: Message edited by: bgfdchick ]

    [ 07-29-2001: Message edited by: bgfdchick ]

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  • smokeater-n-hellraiser
    Favorite passage in entire Bible:
    "when thou walkest through the fire,thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." - Isiah 43:2

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