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Do you know what a "Fire Buff" is?

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  • #16
    I know this is my third post on this thread but it is fun rubbing elbows with fellow firebuffs!
    My Dad and I went to a Fire Engine Muster about a year ago in my hometown. My Dad used to be a volunteer in my hometown, shortly before I was born. The department had both paid guys and vollies at that time.
    The volunteer guys had a Crown Firecoach. He and the others used this engine a lot. Around the time he went to another department, they sold it to a nearby county station, which retired it a few years ago.
    We went to check out this muster and found the Crown sitting amongst the others. A local firefighter had bought it and is returning it to its original condition. My Dad was sure glad to see that it had not been scrapped. We got pictures of the two of us sitting in the cab. Few times have I seen him THAT happy. He told me the exact steps for pumping water and driving the truck. After twenty something years, he still remembered it like he did it yesterday.
    That was a very cool day!
    BKE
    Proud to be an American.

    "No animals were used in the posting of this thread. Two sticks of bubble gum and a hulahoop yes, animals no..."

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    • #17
      Sounds Like You Really Enjoyed That Day
      Shane
      Do not fear to step into the unknown...for where there is risk, there is also reward.

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      • #18
        It's not just a hobby, it's a way of life!

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        • #19
          Absolutely a fire buff here!! You gotta love it to do it!
          A proud member of the Highlands Firefighters, Local 1505.<br />The opinions and information provided are my own and do not reflect the views of my Department or Local 1505.

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          • #20
            You are all definitely Fire Buffs, and who'd a guessed on a site titled "Firehouse.com" huh? I started firefighting when I was 16 and I joined my neighborhood volunteer dept. in Houston, but the fire buff in me goes way back. My grandfather was a firefigher in NJ long ago(he responded to the crash of the Hindenberg). I knew I was truly obsessed when my friends from my childhood(not firefighters) said that they were going to limit my talking about firefighting. I remember driving to Galveston to go fishing one day and my friend said "Jeb, if you go one hour without talking about firefighting stuff, then at the end of that hour you can talk about it for fifteen minutes, okay?"
            Keep following what you love(who am I kidding huh?) Take it easy friends.
            Jeb

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            • #21
              Originally posted by bke:
              [QB]Everytime I go to a new city or town, the first thing I always look for is the firehouse!

              QB]
              I do the same thing. When I go on Vacations I seek out the local Fire Department and try and get a visit in for photographs and to just shoot the breeze with who ever is in the house. ~ I have a few collectibles around the house and in my younger days I used to "Buff Jobs" in my tri-county area. I enjoy being a Volunteer Firefighter and everything it has to offer and I also enjoy visiting other departments from outside of my state. ~ This years Vacation as well as Last Years was to Myrtle Beach, Sc. ~ Although I didn't get the chance to stop into the station that was just around the corner from where I stayed I plan to next year --- Anybody here know anything about The Myrtle Beach Fire Dept. as to how reseptiave they are of vistors and things like that ? I always like to know a bit about a department before I knock on the door
              ***The Opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not reflect those of the Department to which I am a Member ! ***

              Stratford Fire Co. # 1.."Any Job ~ Any Place ~ Any Time"

              Check us Out www.stratfordfire.com

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              • #22
                One of the best things about being a fire-buff is how much firefighters appreciate your visit. While on vacation one year, I visited the Haines City Florida Fire Department and the firefighter on duty was more than happy to give me the grand tour of the apparatus bay, as was the case also in Cape May City, NJ. Yes, firefighters are a unique breed and they don't forget the buffs who support them and look up to them for all that they do for us.
                Just my views of things.
                Stay Safe!
                j6200

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                • #23
                  Lights and Sirens only last so long -- but the men and women of the fire service are the reason I get up at two o'clock in the morning to look at yet another burned out building. I race to the fire to make sure that each firefighter has water or gatorade and a snack when they come out of a building.

                  The art of fighting fires intrigues me -- we were writing about thermal imaging 8 years before our local departments had their first units.

                  The most important lesson I have learned is not to criticize the chief on the job. No buff ever had to make a decision where a error could mean trapped firefighters.

                  On the other hand, any buff can see where the politicians risk the life of their citizens by understaffing the department or letting city boundaries affect how many units arrive on scene.

                  Be careful out there!

                  [ 10-30-2001: Message edited by: esavage ]
                  Smoke Detectors Save Lives
                  Batteries save Smoke Detectors

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                  • #24
                    In response to daysleeper's question about buffs wanting to join a dept, I have been a 'fire buff' since before I can remember and right now I'm working on getting on a department. I'm a female, and have gotten a hard time by a few people, but that just makes me try harder.

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                    • #25
                      The term "Buff" refers to the old days when persons so admired the local fire service that they would volunteer to polish or "buff" the apparatus just so they could spend time at the station. I'm a firefighter and a buff. I love to put them out and collect memorbilia.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Pipe&Ladderman View Post
                        You are all definitely Fire Buffs, and who'd a guessed on a site titled "Firehouse.com" huh? I started firefighting when I was 16 and I joined my neighborhood volunteer dept. in Houston, but the fire buff in me goes way back. My grandfather was a firefigher in NJ long ago(he responded to the crash of the Hindenberg). I knew I was truly obsessed when my friends from my childhood(not firefighters) said that they were going to limit my talking about firefighting. I remember driving to Galveston to go fishing one day and my friend said "Jeb, if you go one hour without talking about firefighting stuff, then at the end of that hour you can talk about it for fifteen minutes, okay?"
                        Keep following what you love(who am I kidding huh?) Take it easy friends.
                        Jeb
                        Old Post, but I am the same way. So many of my friends go, "All you ever talk about is the fire house". I go, "All you ever talk about is sports, what's the difference?". To me, the difference is that the Fire Department saves lives and does a lot more interesting stuff than any sports player ever could, so they are a lot more fun to talk about! Fortunately I have a lot of buff friends, in fact, one of my buddies and I are planning a trip to CA to buff the wildland fires in a couple years. Pictures and video.

                        Stay safe guys!!!

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