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  • What "Firehouse Jargon" do you use?

    I need to start on my research paper and a section of it has to deal with jargon only used by the fire service. The following is what I have come up with, what have I missed? Please include the meanings of the jargon if it may not be obvious to those with more that one bugle.

    Probie, DRT, crispy critter, nozelhead, paragod, paramaniac, airhead (Truckie), Canary, TOA, DOA, TC, TA, humping hose, toned out, "a working fire," tapped, MCI, wannabe, vollie, nubie, etc.

    Political correctness is not a consideration and it is implied that even though you made the post, you do not necessarily agree with the terminology. Thanks everyone.
    The opinions expressed here are that of my own and in no way reflect the opinions of my administration or department.

  • #2
    Hey BC 307
    How about leading by example, for the benefit of the gringo’s that read these forums, giving us an interpretation of your list of jargon. Although most of them can be guessed at.

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    • #3
      a few from our dept.

      hard dick = hard suction hose
      bac = big @ss crowbar
      ctd = circling the drain (almost doa)
      cot jockey = medic /emt
      meat wagon / band aid box = ambulance
      tool box = heavy rescue truck
      master key = bolt cutters
      pixie = clueless citizens

      Hope this helps you. There are a bunch more, I just can't think of them right now.
      ftm-ptb-rbp
      leather forever

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      • #4
        Thanks for the jargon, bfpd36, good stuff there. As for Dave, I gave the folowing examples:
        Probie, DRT, crispy critter, nozelhead, paragod, paramaniac, airhead (Truckie), Canary, TOA, DOA, TC, TA, humping hose, toned out, "a working fire," tapped, MCI, wannabe, vollie, nubie, etc.
        Look at bfpd36's, that's the stuff I need.
        The opinions expressed here are that of my own and in no way reflect the opinions of my administration or department.

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        • #5
          My heads too involved in the thesis Dave, not in understanding your question, sorry. Here's my definitions:

          Probie: probationary FF
          DRT: Dead Right There
          crispy critter: Dead person who has been burned
          nozelhead: Line firefighter
          paragod & paramaniac: Paramedics
          airhead (Truckie): Member of a truck company
          Canary: Expendable First Responder
          TOA: Toast on Arrival (usually a burned, deceased casualty
          DOA: Dead on arrival
          TC & TA: Traffic Collision or Accident
          humping hose: Packing a hoseline
          toned out & tapped: What happens when 911 sends you an alarm
          "a working fire,": Usually a fully involved fire
          MCI: Multicasualty Incident
          wannabe: What I was 18 years ago (insert sarcasm here)
          vollie: volunteer
          nubie: New person

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          The opinions expressed here are that of my own and in no way reflect the opinions of my administration or department.

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          • #6
            I hope some of these will be helpful. I learned some of them here at Fishers Fire adn some working in downtown Indianapolis on the box. Here they let me know what you what you think

            R.A.R.T = Rapidly Approaching Room Temperature(for the recently deceased)

            CCFCCP = Coo Coo For Co Co Puffs (for an extreme mental pt.)

            knuckle Dragger = Truckie

            Band Aid Boy/Girl = Ambulance jockey

            Frequent Flyer = Regular pt. with numerous calls

            All State PI Accident = Going to the hospital for check out from MVA because it looks better in court

            Hope none of these are offensive but they do get used. Can't think of anymore right now I will send more when I think of them.

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            • #7
              You missed the best one of them all. A "JOB" (working fire).

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              • #8
                "Pin Job".........auto Accident with Entrapment

                "raisin"..........Old Person

                "S.B.T.C.P."......... to describe a dying Pt.
                Send Back The Christmas Presents

                "God's Waiting Room"...... Nursing Home

                "Troll".............. to describe the dregs of humanity

                "Dr. Death"........... Medical Examiner
                JMD

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                • #9
                  Uhhh let's see...

                  paramagic....self-explanatory
                  band-aid buggy....ambulance
                  taxi run....hospital transfer
                  nob....nozzle
                  FNG....f**king new guy
                  donut-eater...police officer
                  I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.

                  --Kurt Vonnegut

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                  • #10
                    FLB = Funny Little Beats
                    CHAOS = Chief Has Arrived On Scene
                    LOL NAD = Little Old Lady, No Acute Distress
                    BFH = Big Freakin' Hammer
                    Blue Canary's = Police Dept.
                    Rule of Thumb = Applies to Hazmat size up
                    Vapor Lock = Momentary Mental Failure
                    SOB = Shortness of Breath
                    Train like you want to fight.
                    www.kvfd.net

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                    • #11
                      Thought of a couple more:

                      BRT: Big Red Truck
                      Slumper: Possible patient slumped over the steering wheel
                      Lookie Lou: Clueless observing citizen
                      Touron: A tourist that does someting moronically stupid
                      Tire Checker: A baseball bat used for adjusting confrontational citizens' attitudes
                      The opinions expressed here are that of my own and in no way reflect the opinions of my administration or department.

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                      • #12
                        I hear some of these at my station:

                        "Catch the plug" - get hooked up to the fire hydrant
                        "Jack hose" - help the attack team drag the hose around.
                        "Pack up" - get the SCBA air tank on your back.
                        "Go on air" - put the regulator on your SCBA mask and breathe from the tank.
                        "Tender" - what we call tankers in the summer so we don't call in a wildland air-tanker.(Big airplane full of water)
                        "Black Helmet" - entery firefighter
                        "White Shirt" - Chief officer
                        Probie Name: HurryUpMichelle!!

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                        • #13
                          master key = bolt cutters
                          Actually...when we talk about a "master key", we refer to the haligan bar.

                          One of our chiefs from decades back was at a call once. Someone asked him about if he would be able to unlock a door. He told them that we have a master key. The person replied 'you do?'. The Chief said 'yeah, it's 36" of solid steel'
                          IACOJ Agitator
                          Fightin' Da Man Since '78!

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                          • #14
                            Can't believe no one has mentioned "the irons" yet.

                            "The Irons" = axe & haligan bar paired together

                            "The Tool" = usually the hydraulic spreaders
                            IACOJ Agitator
                            Fightin' Da Man Since '78!

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                            • #15
                              TRY THESE FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
                              AMF- ADIOS MY FRIENDS--WHEN A FF LEAVES THE JOB FOR WHATEVER REASON.
                              YELLOW HELMET-- PROBATIONARY FF.
                              STICK WAGON--LADDER TRUCK
                              AOB--ALCOHOL ON BREATH
                              GRANNIE--OLD FF WHO NEEDS TO RETIRE
                              BOOT-- NEW FF

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