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We could use some levity around here...

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  • We could use some levity around here...

    Got a call for an activated fire alarm...left work, drove to the hall and made the first pumper out.

    Not a far drive to the scene.

    All geared up, ready to go...

    Found out I left my mask back at the hall in my gear rack...

    Well, at least we had a hydrant guy in case we needed it, and the others had a chuckle at the expense of the new(just got on with this department; have 6 years on at my other one) guy...

    *shakes head*
    Two departments, twice the fun...

  • #2
    One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical plant and before you could snap your fingers it exploded into flames and the alarm went out to the volunteer fire departments from miles around.

    When the volunteer firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out intact."

    The fire chief ordered his men to strengthen their attack on the blaze. After two hours of fighting the fire another fire department was called in and the president of the chemical company offered $100,000 to the firefighters who could bring out the company's secret files.

    From the distance, a long siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over the age of 65. To everyone's amazement, the little fire engine raced passed everyone and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside the other firemen watched as the old timers jumped off their rig and began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen before. Within a short time, the old timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas.

    The grateful chemical company president joyfully announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, fire fighters.

    The local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film asking, "What are you going to do with all that money?"

    "Well," said the 70-year-old fire chief, "the first thing we are going to do is fix the brakes on the truck."


    • #3
      We had a call for lifting assistance to the coroner as he was on scene with an obviously dead person. Once the chief got on scene he requested that the utility truck be brought with SCBA. We had a very gung-ho member at the time. He felt it was more important to have the rescue there for the light tower as it was 2am.

      So the rescue pulls up and the EMT jumps out and decides we need action, not standing around outside (mind you the chief and the coroner are both standing outside when the rescue got there). He says that he is going to get furniture moved and see what we need inside. Again, the chief had been there for 5-10 minutes and the coroner was there for some time before that.

      30 seconds later, cue Super EMT bursting out the door an throwing up just outside. The "patient" had died about 4 days prior. This was a person with mental issues that collected all of her urine and feces in jars - no lids, just the jars and stored it in the bedroom with her. All of the doors and windows were shut in the house just to keep things inside. Evidently our enthusiastic EMT noticed a little smell when he walked in, but didn't think anything of it until he opened the bedroom door and got the full force of the aroma.


      • #4
        Got paged out for an apartment fire just after 1900 last night...

        Didn't forget my mask this time.
        Two departments, twice the fun...


        • #5
          True story. I swear. No, I won't name the department or the Chief involved.

          We had our semi-annual department safety meeting at a facility in the city that offered a very nice meeting room and pastries and coffee, milk and juice for our meeting. One of our chiefs drove his department car there, attended the meeting and then got a ride back to quarters with someone else leaving his car there. A couple of days later the facility called and asked if we could come and get his car out of their lot. He forgot he left it there!
          Crazy, but that's how it goes
          Millions of people living as foes
          Maybe it's not too late
          To learn how to love, and forget how to hate


          • #6
            Called out for a storm incident tonight - wires and tree down. Had to close the road for a bit so the utility could do their thing.

            Have recently seen a "meme" wherein someone said that one of these days, when they're directing traffic at an incident, they'd answer the perennial question "what happened?" with "shark attack."

            So I did. I'm not sure the motorist was amused...
            Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

            Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.


            • #7
              We've all done something really stupid at one time or another. Not everyone is willing to admit it though.

              It's New Years Eve and I've been on the department right at a year. Since I'm on rescue and it's NYE a couple of us are hanging around the station for all the call that we know will happen. Tones start going off, EMS tones started about the same time, so we think it's a rescue. Nope, structure fire at a motel, room whatever. Why for the life of me I'll never know but it instantly pops into my mind that we'll grab the water can and put out the metal trash can that's burning in the room once we get there. Mind you, not how we operate at that time either.
              Geared up, on the engine and pack up but don't put on the mask with belt mounted regulator. I'm sitting backward behind the officer's seat in a 1972 Mack, open rear cab. It was originally delivered with (2) 1" booster reels and was retrofitted with 150' of rubber 1 3/4" rubber pre connect on the officer side below the ground ladder and duplicate line in the hose bed at the rear of the truck. Riding along dumb, fat and happy when we drive through black smoke that is blowing over the highway/street. Look at the other Rookie and "We've got a fire!", mask goes on. Engineer does a U turn and stops, taps the rear window and says "Grab the hose!". Literally every time I rode this truck, in this seat and got off at a fire I needed to pull the red line from the fender below the ladder. So this is what I did even though I did notice one of our members, a rather large individual who did ground support, standing by the tail board. Hose hits the ground and he steps to the side exposing the hydrant and says "No, the 5"!". This is before we had hydrant bags so I drop the attack line, grab LDH, wrap it while he grabs spanners and the hydrant wrench. He then says "Pick up the red line and get to the fire!" and I do so. As I'm holding 150' of pre connected 1 3/4" in my arms and contemplating how to remount the engine the Engineer pops the clutch. I swear to this day I heard him giggle as he did so. He is now laying LDH with an idiot in full gear, to include mask without BMR hose attached and tube swinging, running along side the engine while carrying the pre connect in his arms. Fortunately it was only about a block but it was definitely more than a trash can on fire.

              The Engineer and I are now co workers and he still giggles when we talk about that incident. Fortunately the other Rookie was only around for a couple years. I've found that the new guys kind of feel better when they know those that have been around for awhile have made stupid mistakes as well.

              Hope you enjoyed the chuckle,
              Train like you want to fight.


              • #8
                Heading out the door on a medical call one day and our Lt. decided to do his best Roy Rogers impression and was swinging the now hanging electric cord like a cowboy. Then the cord took a bad turn and the plug came up between his legs from below! We almost drove into the laundromat across the street laughing so hard, we could see him crumpled on the floor in the mirrors!


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