1. #1
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    63

    Default Kerosening the rig

    When I was just getting started in this, the old Guys used to talk about kerosening the bottom of the rig in the spring. Do it today and EPA would probably go bat****. Anybody else remember this and what the purpose of it was? Not yeah we did it but why?

  2. #2
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    2,802

    Default

    I've heard of doing it(to private vehicles) in the fall to protect against road salt, but never heard of it being done in the spring.

  3. #3
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Upstate (Albany area), NY
    Posts
    422

    Default

    On old dirt floors, and then on floors with poor (or no) drainage, it kept the water on the floor from rusting out the undercarraige and the compartment bottoms. RARELY heard about anymore. More likely a topic for one of Glen Corbett's Fire Trivia columns....
    "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

    George S. Patton

  4. #4
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DFDCar1 View Post
    On old dirt floors, and then on floors with poor (or no) drainage, it kept the water on the floor from rusting out the undercarraige and the compartment bottoms. RARELY heard about anymore. More likely a topic for one of Glen Corbett's Fire Trivia columns....
    Imagine dirt floors...

    And our guys complain that the couch isn't comfortable enough.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  5. #5
    Forum Member
    johnny46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    2,094

    Default

    Our couches are recycled dirt floors.
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

  6. #6
    Forum Member
    mtg55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    1,313

    Default

    You guys have couches?!
    Matt G.
    Battalion Chief
    IACOJ-Member
    FTM-PTB

  7. #7
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    NJ
    Posts
    224

    Default

    We used to use kerosene at a car wash to get road tar off the rocker panels of cars, if that includes the bottom. Perhaps spring is when new paving is done to cover potholes from the winter?

  8. #8
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    131

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny46 View Post
    our couches are recycled dirt floors.
    lol!!!!!!!!!!
    "If the ladder goes up, the building goes down."

  9. #9
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    You guys have couches?!
    Couches for the slouches!
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  10. #10
    Forum Member
    CaptOldTimer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 1999
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    7,242

    Default

    We used Varsol when I came on the job to wipe down the underside and get the grease off from it had been thrown underneath the apparatus from universal joints and bad seals. The shop put a stop to that as we would wash all the grease from the fittings and joints.
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

  11. #11
    55 Years & Still Rolling
    hwoods's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
    Posts
    10,739

    Thumbs up Well..........

    When I started in this Business, we use the "Kerosene Treatment" to get the Road Salt and Dirt from the Undersides of the Horses.........


    Seriously, Kero WAS the "Gunk" of the day back in the 50s and 60s. Today with stuff like Simple Green, Gunk, Blaster, and other "Cleaners" the use of Kero has fallen by the wayside. And, as someone noted, EPA would have a Cow over it anyway......
    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

  12. #12
    Forum Member
    PhillyRube's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Rescue, Isle of Wight Cty, VA
    Posts
    94

    Default

    We called it "Pit Day"..pull the rig over the pit and start washing/wiping.....

  13. #13
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mtg55 View Post
    You guys have couches?!
    you guys have dirt!?!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Need info on a new/used rig
    By gdsqdcr in forum Apparatus Innovation
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 12-01-2006, 03:33 AM
  2. Homeowner builds personal firefighting rig
    By cellblock in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 01-04-2006, 08:33 PM
  3. Quints
    By imtxff44 in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-29-2003, 12:16 AM
  4. 4 shifts 3 on a rig or 3 shifts 4 on a rig????
    By blackb16 in forum Career/Paid Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-10-2001, 05:03 PM
  5. RFP's
    By D Littrell in forum Apparatus Innovation
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-08-2000, 06:36 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register