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  • Do you know what a "Fire Buff" is?

    Do you know what a "Fire Buff" is?

    Frank the Fireman
    By Frank C. Schaper,
    Deputy Fire Chief -
    St. Louis Fire Department.
    March 27, 1991

    A Fire Buff is a person who has a love for the fire department. Fire buffs love fire engines, fire houses and firefighters. They love to go to fires and watch the action. They buy scanners (special radios that pick up fire calls) so as not to miss any fires. They collect antique fire nozzles, alarm boxes, toys, helmets and other fire memorabilia. They buy books on fire departments and fire apparatus. They study fire department history. These guys and gals are really into fire departments. It is great having a group of people so interested in my job - a job I truly love. Whenever I am around the Fire buffs, I feel special. Not every occupation is blessed with this type of citizen support. And support they do give. Most buffs belong to clubs. These are an organized bunch. Clubs such as the Phoenix Society, Box 52 Association, Boston Sparks, The Bell and Siren Club, Gong Club and the Box 8 Club (my personal favorite) hold club meetings and go to conventions. They also have service projects like operating refreshment canteens at large fires and disasters. You haven't lived until you fought a large multi-alarm fire and then go on break to the canteen for coffee, a bowl of chili, and donuts. It's a special kind of heartburn - but much appreciated on a cold night.


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    Joe
    Daysleeper47
    "When the bell goes ding-ding, its time to get on the woo-woo."
    "Dusting desire - starting to learn. Walking through fire with out a burn..."
    Youngstown Fire Department

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    Daysleeper, What you posted certainly is one definition. Another are those thousands of us that belong to The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Appartus in America. We own, house,restore,preserve and get together to operate old and older apparatus after you folks are though with them. It's a costly but fun hobby. We think these trucks are history and should be preserved as such.

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    Bob Compton

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    • #3
      You're right Bob....anyone who sees a fire, a fire truck, or a fireman and thier eyes grow wide and thier jaws drop is a fire buff at heart.

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      • #4
        I'm a FireBuff, 100%!.

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        • #5
          Everytime I go to a new city or town, the first thing I always look for is the firehouse!

          As Donald Sutherland said on Backdraft:

          "The funny thing about firemen, night and day they're always firemen."

          I think the same is true about FireBuffs!

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          • #6
            I'm just curious, but how many buffs hope to join a department some day? I persoanlly want to join the Youngstown Fire Department after college, so in the mean time, I will just do the buff stuff for the next three years...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bke:
              Everytime I go to a new city or town, the first thing I always look for is the firehouse!
              I'm the same, but even if you're not looking for them, they just seem to jump out at you, even when you least expect it.

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              • #8
                What everyone else said is so true.When I see a rig pass with lights and sirens going, my heart starts to race. My car doesn't need my help, it just follows in the direction that the rig went. I visit every fire station I can find when I travel. I AM A FIREBUFF.

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                • #9
                  Ya, I have to admit it. I'm a fire buff! It's a great hobby. I can't wait to join the fire department in my town. Until then, I'm going to wetdowns, parades, and listening to the scanner to get as close to all the action as I can. During 4th of July this past year I spent the night riding with the heavy rescue squad during the fireworks which was quite an experience! OK, so all we did was provide lighting, but still i got to ride the truck all through town! haha!
                  Just my views of things.
                  Stay Safe!
                  j6200

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                  • #10
                    I Am A Fire Buff,And I Would Like To Work In The LVFD And Maybe Own A Fire Station(Okay It Dosn't Hurt To Dream).
                    Shane
                    Do not fear to step into the unknown...for where there is risk, there is also reward.

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                    • #11
                      I'm a firebuff 100% i can tell what type of rig is coming down the street by the sound.I have a 5 proioity scanner so i monitor all channels of the local FD at the same time.I can't be a FF due to being in a wheelchair But I'll be a Firebuff till the day i die.My grandfather who died this past Feb was a FF and that's what got me started.Thanks Grandpa
                      Scott K
                      MNfirebuff all the way
                      Firefighter's america's true heroes

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                      • #12
                        Scott, As a Fire Buff, volunteer, owner of a '77 ALF fully equipped and restored Century pumper with its own 2 bay fire house, I'm proud to have you with us. Keep in touch. Do you belong to SPAAMFAA or the local MN chapter?
                        Bob Compton
                        IACOJ-Proud
                        IACOJ-HALL OF FAME-2003

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                        • #13
                          Scott K...wow! you certainly sound like a fire-buff 100%. I know what you mean by telling how a rig coming down the street. After a while of being a buff, you can't NOT know a rig by it's sound...LOL. One great aspect about being a fire buff is that everyone is like so amazed at how much you know. Like for example, a friend and I were sorting through a pile of apparatus photos and he was astounded that I could name every rig's make/model/chasis/pump etc. Of course, he then added the response I get a lot: "They all look the same to me!"

                          Oh well!
                          Just my views of things.
                          Stay Safe!
                          j6200

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                          • #14
                            You know when your a firebuff when anytime you give directions to someone, the local firehouse is always a landmark
                            HELL YEAH!!!
                            The comments made by me are just that. Not of the Fire dept or Ambulance squad I am on.

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                            • #15
                              A fire buff is not a job or a club or even a sport. It is a lifestyle that only certin people are born with, they are different than any other person on the planet today. They don't talk, walk, and most defintly don't sleep like other people. The may not always enjoy the late night medicals or the CO alarms of the false alarms ing the middle of the night but, they will gladly go and complete the task that is handed to them what ever on the great god given earth that it may be. Fire Buffs are the coolest people on earth, and most of them are the nicest too. Fire buffs will walk all day in 100 degree weather, no food , no water , no shelter in just the hopes that the perfect old rustic looking antic fire hydrent will be at that swap meet right around the corner. And when they get it for 5 dollers
                              man watch out! They are the happyest people in the would. Fire buffs will gladly pay 100 plus dollers for fire plates. And load the vehivcal with all kinds of blue lights and strobes. They will take pic's of the guys at the station and hang them on the wall at there home. They frame all there certifices (even the cheep ones) They buy the little cute ff bears at the mall. The have at least 10 ff hats. They have contest with the tool at the fire house. There are always knowing what is going on with every thing. Every buff has at least one buff who was threre or knows the real story (not the newspaper story) the real one! Fire buffs know they are greater than everyone else, but never let on or brag or even tell anyone.


                              FIRE BUFFS ARE THE COOLEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD !

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