I now use this little icebreaker, when teaching any new recruit school classes. It shows the group we are all human and keeps us grounded to where we came from... So tell me a story of something you did, (or said) in front of your peers that was funny or strange when you were a newbie.
My story was quite embarassing, it happened 16 years ago, during my very FIRST call for an MVA with entrapment. Accident occurred right down the street from my house. (then a vollie) responded in my POV, shiny red lights flashing, thinking hey I am going to be first due for a few minutes until the rescue and squad arrives. Jumped out of my truck, donned my gear... just as I was taught in FF1. Reached in a pulled my helmet off the top of the passenger side seat rest, (you know you have to ride around town showing off your helmet, LOL) and placed it on my head.
The funny part was about 15 minutes later after the call was under control and the victim was loaded into the ambulance, I was informed, in my hast to don quickly and look the part of a seasoned firefighter... I was actually wearing my helmet (pisspot then) backwards the entire call and nobody told me. I thought to myself at one point, I must be doing something wrong because even the victim looked at me funny, LOL
My Chief even got in on the gag as he came by and said, hey kid, I am glad to see we spent good money on that FF1 class... So I thought he was giving my kudos for a job well done or something... up until another guy walked by and spun my helmet around and said your head is on backwards newbie.
I don't see it as embarassing anymore, actually makes you remember we were all once newbies and overly excited to just be a part of the family...