|You can tell what type of fire it is by the smell of smoke 10 miles away.|
|You have ever had a heated debate over the color of firetrucks.|
|You have ever spent 10 min trying to
force open a door only to have someone come along and open it by turning the
||You have ever taken 10 or more
showers in 1 day.
||You lay out your cloths from that day
so if there is a call at night you can find them quickly.
||You take great joy in smashing the
windows of a car parked in a fire zone or in front of a hydrant.
||You have ever been airborne without
an aircraft and water was your thrust.
||You always wear red
||You have ever slept in a hosebed.
||You carry a ton of specially modified
tools in your pocket.
||You ever cursed out someone for
armor-alling the seats to make them look nice.
||You've ever clung to the air horn
chord for dear life because the driver is insane.
||You have ever played jingle bells at
Xmas time on the air horns to clear traffic.
||You have ever said, "she's hot
tonight" and not been talking about a girl.
||You have ever had "yoda ears"
||You have ever smoked and there wasn't
a cigarette in sight.
||You have ever stomped out a fire with
your boots because you couldn't wait for water.
||Your kids are afraid to get into
water fights with you.
||You roll around in anything that just
burned to make your new gear look old.
||You take pride in the fact that you
haven't washed your gear in years.
||You carry enough in your pockets to
give the Swiss army knives competition.
||You carry enough in your car to
extinguish a minor blaze.
||Your own vehicle has more lights than
a Christmas tree
||When you go to rent a movie, and they
insist on getting Backdraft EVERY TIME!
||You are caught on the back of a truck
with your girlfriend or wife in the middle of something and the page goes out
for a call.
||If you have more pagers than than
money in your wallet.
||If the smell of a fire excites you
more than sex does.
||If you can hear that the siren will
go off even before your dog notices it.
||If you have ever woken up thinking
your pager went off and as you look at it, it goes off
||When you really think that rusty old
hydrant looks good in the garden.
||All your friends give you t-shirts
from their departments for your birthday, Christmas, anniversary, etc.
||If your wife voluntarily chooses the
lumpy side of the bed to avoid being trampled in route to a call! your
wife/girlfriend has learned to duck and cover when she hears the pager go off
for fear of being run down. ||If you have more toy fire trucks than
your kids do. |
The Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas and all
through the town, the fire siren echoed blaring its sound. The firefighters came
running from far and from near, and raced to the trucks quickly donning their
gear. And I in my bunkers my boots and my hat, jumped to the engine to see where
the fire's at. Down at the corner of Fifth and of Oak, the dispatcher informed
us of a house filled with smoke. Smoke poured from the sides, from up and from
down, yet up on the roof there was none to be found. So up to the rooftop we
raised up a ladder, and climbed to the top to see what was the matter. I came to
the chimney and what did I see, but a fellow in red stuck past his knees. Well
we tugged and we pulled until he came out, then he winked with his eye and said
with a shout. "These darn newfangled chimneys they make them too small, for a
fellow as I, not skinny at all." With a twitch of his nose he dashed to his
sleigh, and called to his reindeer, "AWAY now, AWAY." As we rolled up our hoses
he flew out of sight, saying "God bless our firefighters" and to all a good
The Cat Call
There is a small rural town, somewhat northeast to the city of Niagara Falls, NY. One evening, a resident of the town called the local volunteer fire department to request assistance in removing her cat from a tree. Since this was a "questionable" call, the fire control dispatcher called the fire chief at home to ask if he wanted to respond. The chief said sure, call out the department, since it was early evening and it shouldn't be a problem for the volunteers to respond.The fire department responded with a rescue truck which had an extension ladder. The tree, however, was too tall and willowy to support the weight of the extension ladder. Rather than send men back to the fire hall to bring the aerial ladder truck, one of the firefighters suggested an alternate course of action. Two of the firefighters supported the ladder while a third climbed high enough to tie a rope around the tree at about half its height. The other end of the rope was tied to a trailer hitch on a pickup truck, with the truck slowly driven forward, forcing the tree to bend over. One firefighter was poised to grab the cat as soon as it was within his reach. The knot securing the rope to the trailer hitch slipped free. The cat was last seen airborne heading south toward the city of Niagara Falls ... (and was never seen again).
A fireman is at the station house working outside on the fire
truck when he notices a little boy next door. The little boy is in a little red
wagon with little ladders hung off the side. He is wearing a fireman's hat and
has the wagon tied to a dog. The fireman says "Hey little boy. What are you
doing?" The little boy says "I'm pretending to be a fireman and this is my fire
truck!" The fireman walks over to take a closer look. "Little boy that sure is a
nice fire truck!" the fireman says. "Thanks mister", says the little boy. The
fireman looks a little closer and notices the little boy has tied the dog to the
wagon by its testicles. "Little boy", says the fireman, "I don't want to tell
you how to run your fire truck, but if you were to tie that rope around the
dog's neck I think you could go faster." The little boy says, "You're probably
right mister, but then I wouldn't have a siren!'
Sirens sound! He awakes with a start and hastily grabs up his clothes, dressing on the run, as he has so many times before. Thumping of footsteps, motors churning, directions yelled, chaos! TOTAL CHAOS! Or so it seems...yet, within seconds, dispatch...they are on their way, racing down the street, sirens at ear-splitting pitch. Meanwhile, his mind dashes to other nights-days of grueling, heartbreaking tragedy-ridden, heat-searing work. And he cries to the depth of his soul, "WHY DO I CONTINUE ?" Loaded with nets, roof cutters, ladders, axes, erc. they don air masks as they arrive. It is another bad one. Flames are shooting everywhere, lighting the darkest of night with an eerie glow. Screaming, a man and woman cluthc to each other in panic. Nothing but PURE Intuition, or so it seems, takes The Firefighter through collapsing beams, up the stair, past flaming bedrooms and into a tiny closet to the side of a smoke filled bedroom. He quickly gathers two squirming bundles in his arm, darts to the nearest window and throws them to the waiting nets below...He leaps. Restrained no longer, the man and woman bound for the nets. The Firefighter, weakened, hears sounds that are so far away, of a little dog's whimper, happy cries and excited voices. Then, an explosion rocks the very ground upon which he lay. Through the pain of a broken arm, he feels a little dog licking his face, and slowly opens his eyes, the depth of his soul is touched, he will never be the same, he needs no thank you's, because he now knows the very reason "WHY HE CONTINUES"; for within her happy parents' arms..... a child smiles.Two fellows were sitting in a coffee shop...suddenly the Town's Fire Alarm went off ... one jumped up and headed for the door ... his friend shouted, "Hey, Tom, I didn't know you were a fireman!" Tom replied, "I'm not, but my girlfriend's husband is..."
When I am called to duty, God, Whenever Flames may rage Give me strength to save a life Whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child Before it is too late Or save an older person from The horror of that fate. Enable me to be alert And hear the weakest shout And quickly and efficiently Put the fire out. I want to fill my calling To give the best in me To guard my friend and neighbor And protect his property. And if according to Your will While on duty I must answer death's call Bless with Your protecting hand My family one and all.