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  • Lets make hwoods happy red paint fund

    OK Harve is always a little grumpy. This is the best job on this planet so it only leaves one thing. He don't have fire engine red trucks he has yellow trucks and is probably mistaken for city maintenance alot, bound to make you grumpy. So what I propose is let's all see what we can chip in to make Harve happy. So look around,what do you have laying around in your garages and paint lockers to make this happen.

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    Originally posted by Miller337 View Post
    OK Harve is always a little grumpy. This is the best job on this planet so it only leaves one thing. He don't have fire engine red trucks he has yellow trucks and is probably mistaken for city maintenance alot, bound to make you grumpy. So what I propose is let's all see what we can chip in to make Harve happy. So look around,what do you have laying around in your garages and paint lockers to make this happen.
    If you've been around drag racing for awhile, you know the term, "Dare to be Different". Same applies to those who WANT to ride in yellow rigs. It might not be right, but it is their choice.

    I'm keeping my red paint.

    FM1
    I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

    Originally posted by EastKyFF
    "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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    • #3
      Yeah...........

      Mechanics know best!....... While I sincerely appreciate the gesture, Here's the Scoop: I am probably asked "Why Yellow?" at least weekly. The Standard answer is another question: "Who else has it?......" Answer back to me is usually "I Dunno, never seen it before".......... to which my response is "Exactly...." We switched to Chrome Yellow starting with the delivery of a 1968 Ward La France Attack Engine which in itself was controversial at the time. Rather than the standard 1,000 or 1,250 GPM Pumps that everyone else had this one only did about 600 GPM. It was capable of putting the 500 gallon tank out thru either of 2 deck guns in less than 1 minute, AND it could pump quite well rolling along at 25-30 miles per hour. Along with the unique pump, it had a couple of 3 inch preconnect handlines, 500lb Purple K system, and a lot of other "Out of the Box" ideas......... The Yellow Paint was an experiment in "Safety Colors" ....


      OK, got that far (above) and got interrupted by a Run......... The "Safety Color War" raged back and forth for years, spurred on by someone who was behind that ugly "Lime Slime" color. My response to Lime Slime is that "If it's that visible, why don't we have warning lights in that color??" NEVER got an answer.... or seen a Lime Slime Lightbar. Anyway, we liked the Yellow and stuck with it. My successor as Chief, Tony McGillin, asked us for input on going to Chicago style Black Tops and as a "Test Run", we had a Black top done on the '95 Spartan Rescue Engine later that year. Everyone liked it, so that's now on everything. I don't think there will be any more changes for quite a few years to come..........
      Last edited by hwoods; 05-26-2011, 10:32 AM.
      Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
      In memory of
      Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
      Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

      IACOJ Budget Analyst

      I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

      www.gdvfd18.com

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      • #4
        Nothing says Happy like a box of wine and Lawrence Welk on DVD..
        So you call this your free country
        Tell me why it costs so much to live
        -3dd

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        • #5
          UH OH SCOOBIE !!!. The Chieftain isn't out of town after all.

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          • #6
            Out of Town, Not out of Touch......

            You never know, Do you??............
            Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
            In memory of
            Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
            Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

            IACOJ Budget Analyst

            I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

            www.gdvfd18.com

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            • #7
              We get the same thing at my VFD ... "why yellow?" Back in the early 70's, our county was very, very rural, and was being protected by only one fire station. When our station was formed in '70, the members wanted to be different, and wanted the citizens to know that it was OUR station was responding to their emergencies, so yellow was chosen.

              In 1971, we purchased three fire engines for a neighboring county for $500 each, and lucky for us, two of them were already yellow. A few cans of paint in the bay of the "new" firehouse (built from parts of a warehouse that was being torn down) after they were delivered, and the lone red one was yellow as well.

              41 years later, we're still yellow, and damn proud of it!

              EDIT: I've never thought that Harve was grumpy about anything?
              Last edited by BoxAlarm187; 05-26-2011, 10:33 AM.
              Career Fire Captain
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              Never taking for granted that I'm privileged enough to have the greatest job in the world!

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              • #8
                Nothing wrong with yellow! Heck, we have a station in town with light blue trucks. lol

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                • #9
                  There a department a couple towns over from us that has multiple colors, and they order them that way. Blue, Maroon, Black, Slime Lime, Red...
                  "A fire department that writes off civilians faster than an express line of 6 reasons or less is not progressive, it's dangerous, because it's run by fear. Fear does not save lives, it endangers them." -- Lt. Ray McCormack FDNY

                  "Because if you don't think you're good, nobody else will." -- DC Tom Laun (ret) Syracuse

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Chenzo View Post
                    There a department a couple towns over from us that has multiple colors, and they order them that way. Blue, Maroon, Black, Slime Lime, Red...
                    taste the rainbow?

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                    • #11
                      Yellow

                      We did the same thing with our department. "They" said yellow was more easily seen. We started changing everything to yellow for this reason. Then the city decided to change the street lights to sodium to save energy. Needless to say the yellow engines look terrible at night and the whole "Safety" thing went out the window. The Fire Chief then went back to ordering "RED" and to this day there are few yellows still around (spares).
                      Respectfully,
                      Jay Dudley
                      Retired Fire
                      Background Investigator
                      IACOJ-Member
                      Lifetime Member CSFA
                      IAFF Alumni Member

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                      • #12
                        We liked our yellow rigs so much that when it was time to order our 2007 pumper, we proposed a vote on going back to red, and red won by a landslide.

                        Harve's problem is, is that when his rescue company is returning from a run, and pulls to a stop at an intersection between 7 and 9 in the morning, the kids waiting on the corner want to climb on the truck.
                        "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
                          Harve's problem is, is that when his rescue company is returning from a run, and pulls to a stop at an intersection between 7 and 9 in the morning, the kids waiting on the corner want to climb on the truck.
                          It's a great recruiting tool for a new Explorer post..
                          So you call this your free country
                          Tell me why it costs so much to live
                          -3dd

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                          • #14
                            Of course fire trucks are yellow. What color are they supposed to be?

                            We went yellow in 1970, never looked back. Black roof over chrome yellow body, just like Harve's. It's different, in our area there's only one other department about 50 miles from us that has it. Definitely stands out.
                            Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
                            Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                            Paincourtville, LA

                            "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
                            — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RollerDJ View Post
                              taste the rainbow?
                              They've been coined the Crayola Fire Department lol.
                              "A fire department that writes off civilians faster than an express line of 6 reasons or less is not progressive, it's dangerous, because it's run by fear. Fear does not save lives, it endangers them." -- Lt. Ray McCormack FDNY

                              "Because if you don't think you're good, nobody else will." -- DC Tom Laun (ret) Syracuse

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