i am just posting some things that were said or asked to me that i thought were funny ... feel free to add your own..
1 . (fire is self venting from the second floor window on a three story multiple dwelling brownstone) this intoxicated gentleman asks me "are you guys really going to go in there?"
2. a woman once asked me who is in charge of filling the hydrants because the one in front her house is empty...
3.(while climbing to the roof of the fire building via aerial ladder i was told "the fire is inside .. not on the roof..."
4. our company placed elevators in fireman service. when the elevators opened at the lobby a lady told me the werent working properly and i would have to take the stairs..
5. do we really need to use lights and sirens at 5 am. ?
6. forcing entry to a taxpayer fire using a power saw and a metal blade to cut the locks off the roll down gates . i was told by the owner you should have called i would have brought the keys......i only live 15 mins away...
7.forcing a door conventionally(axe and halligan) for a food on the stove the guy passed out drunk on the couch told me ....you didnt have to break down the door all you would have had to do was knock...mind you the door was steel door steel jamb and had multiple locks it took us about 45 seconds to get through this door and we were banging alot to get a purchase.
8.flipped over auto extrication the lady pinned in the car tells me ''dont wreck the car its all i have"
9.''why is there so much water in my aparment''? ...the tennent below the fire apartment...
10. "where is the chief? " i reply "the guy with the white hat"... "well that doesn't help ..what am i supposed to do lift everones helmet and look for a white hat?"
11. checking the adjoining building for extention we were told that the fire was in the other building...
12.when asked many questions about my TDA by a curious teen ...when he was told the top speed was only 65 mph... he stated "my mustang could totally dust that truck..."
13. my truck was flagged over by a guy on the highway whos car was on fire ... he told the chief he wanted to file a complaint because all we did was watch it burn instead of putting it out (it was way past a can job on arrival)
14.how tall is your ladder? 100 ft i answer.. did you ever climb to the top of it?.. um .. yes every time i use it i answered..
15. the door is locked are you guys going be able to get in? asked to us by a police officer .
16. if the stuck elevator is on the tenth floor how do you get up there?...... ummm stairs i replied
17. how come all of you have to go food shopping ? cant you just send one guy with the truck? ...and if there is i call ? i asked ...the lady answered "he would meet you there " she said proudly.... i replied and how would we get there?
feel free to post your own funny questions comments stay low stay calm stay safe - john
Were quite a bit more rural then that. Once we are out of the main section of town, we can go for quite a few miles down a single road without any type of intersection. When we are coming to an intersection out of town, no matter what type, I hit the siren a few times in case there are any cars coming. Again, its 5 am and you can see if there is a car sitting at that intersection waiting to cross. I understand your point of veiw though
The funniest one I remember was actually an incident involving one of our own fire fighters about 2 weeks ago.
2106 to Halifax
Central: go ahead 2106
Can I get an ETA on station 21?
Central: an ETA for what 2106?
The fire on 158 halifax
Central: What fire on 158 2106?
2106 to Halifax
Central: Go ahead for Halifax
I would like to report a vehicle fire in my front yard
Central: 2106, can I get your location?
#### Hwy 158, about 1/4 mile from the station.
When we got there, it was literally a logging truck with a small fire on the back. He could have walked to the station and got the brush truck and the in house guy faster. We are still ragging him for that.
Another one: we pulled up to a single-wide, fully involved, second truck on scene. All we could do is surround and drown. So after 10 minutes on the line, we did a rotation (3 man team, one nozzle, one support, one rest) and I was on rest. I went back over to the truck to grab some water and the woman that lived in the house walks up to me and asks if we will be done in time for her to get back in the house for CSI. I told her that I doubted it, but seriously, what was she thinking?
We had a false alarm at a nursing home and the other FF and myself went to put our gear away. My officer was still inside, in full PPE getting information. I went in to get his SCBA for him and one of the nusres asked if that was a fire extinguisher.....I said No, I am a fire extinguisher and so is the guy wearing it.
I was walking out of the fire building to take of my SCBA, put my tools away, and help the Engine Co guys repack their hose when a woman came up to me and said, "Was there a fire here?" I stopped, turned around, looked back at the building with the hole in the roof, the busted windows, the smoke and fire damage to all of the upstairs, the firefighters and apparatus all over the place, the news cameras, and I politely said to her, "No. sometimes we just like to get all dressed up and go pick a house to destroy at 3 AM." We both laughed about it.
What kills me is the calls that people can tell what happened and still ask "What happened" We have made some what of a game out of it. The interstate wrecks are the best place to do it. Most of the time the cars are going slow enough for the driver to ask "what happened" All the people in the car are plastered up against the windows looking at all the wrecked car, you guys know what im talking about. The driver rolls by really slow and asks "what going on". This is where the fun begins. We reply with things like, Shark attack, UFO went down, boat fire, ect. The thing that makes it so funny is the people in the car looks at you like they beleive you. You can hear people in the car say "What did he say."
It's a nice day. I'm outside washing the ambulance and medic chase car. A couple out on a bike ride come up to me.
Woman: Hi there. Me: Hello. Woman: Out washing the trucks. Me: Yep, taking advantage of the weather. Woman: Oh I see, you getting them ready? Me (confused): Uh, just keeping them looking good. Woman: Oh, do you guys have an emergency later today?
I don't remember exactly what I said after that, my brain died a little right there.
well one morning responding to the Firehouse for a call at 0315 hours (that's quarter after three in the morning for you Chiefs)..we pulled into the Firehouse lot and went inside...donned our gear jumped in the truck opened the door and there standing in all his glory was a cop....He asked..."You guys really got a call or are you out screwing around..?" And believe it or not he followed us all the way there.....DUHHHH...here's your sign...........Paul
Was working a house fire with flames through the roof. Just got water flowing and I was walking to the house after hooking to the hydrant. This lady asks, "Do you know where it started?" I replied," Humm I believe some where in there." while pointing to the house.
About 15 or so years ago, we were taking advantage of a warm late April day to conduct a drafting drill. We were drafting from the causeway between two of the basins of the Fort Meadow Reservoir. We were pumping through the Engine's Stang gun when a woman stopped her car in the middle of the road and asked us what we were doing...
I told her that there wasn't enough oxygen in the water for the fish to breathe properly, so we were aerating it through our fire truck and putting oxygenated water back into the lake so the fish could breathe better.
She stated "how very nice of you to think about God's creatures.. bless you!"