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    What is the dumbest thing you have ever done on a 911 scene?

    I have two, 1st is laid dual 3" supply lines 300 feet to the fire when the engine I was on only had 1 3" intake.

    2nd "which was really dumb" I tried to hold a vulcan flashlight and use a hose at the same time during overhaul. Needless to say I was on the floor in short order chokeing the hose down so I could close the bale.


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    Not on a run, but in training. We were doing some training evolutions. No smoke, no fire, just in our bay to practice FF removal. Well, I'm a larger fellow, so they picked me to be the victim.

    The drill started when I called "MAYDAY" and gave my LUNAR report. So I did...with one slight problem. It was the first evolution and I forgot to switch my radio over to the fireground channel. Instead, I broadcast it on a county-wide channel that over 15 departments can hear.....

    I don't think I have ever seen our training officer reaching for his radio faster.

    Still haven't heard the end of that, and I doubt I ever will.

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    The only thing that comes to mind came from a training the other night. I forgot to put the transmission back in neutral before I took the pump out of gear. I found out quickly what that mistake sounds like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
    The only thing that comes to mind came from a training the other night. I forgot to put the transmission back in neutral before I took the pump out of gear. I found out quickly what that mistake sounds like.
    Cha-Ching $$$$$$$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
    The only thing that comes to mind came from a training the other night. I forgot to put the transmission back in neutral before I took the pump out of gear. I found out quickly what that mistake sounds like.
    Never done it myself, but was standing next to a brand new truck onetime when someone else did it. It goes GrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrGrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrGr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrHmmmmmmmmmmmm. Then the fire chief goes what the heck are you doing to my new truck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinKnight View Post
    Cha-Ching $$$$$$$$
    Surprisingly, no damage seen yet. We pumped it a half dozen or so more times, and it pumped just as fine as it did before I ground the gears.

    I ****ed my pants because I thought I broke it though. Thankfully, nothing so far.

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    The Cha-Ching $$$$ comes later on down the road...

    after about 20 or 30 GRRRGRRRR- GRRRRRR - GRRRRR - GRRRRRRR HhhhMMMmmmmmmmmm (s).
    HAVE PLAN.............WILL TRAVEL

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    Well, I'm not the first one to GRRRRRRRR- GRRRRRRR- GRRRR -GRRRR HhhhMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm our pump. We have a member that works at a maintenance shop who's done it before too so I don't feel so bad.

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    Well that leaves at least 15, 16 times left before any major repairs will be required.

    The good news is it only cost around $1000 to fix, so don't worry about it too much.

    Just make sure your not the last guy to do it, or if you are... act like nothing is wrong and have someone else drive the truck back.

    You didn't hear that from me, and if you said that I told you that, I will deny saying it and call your daddy.
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    everyone does the GRRRGRRRR- GRRRRRR - GRRRRR - GRRRRRRR HhhhMMMmmmmmmmmm at least once

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaladinKnight View Post
    Well that leaves at least 15, 16 times left before any major repairs will be required.

    The good news is it only cost around $1000 to fix, so don't worry about it too much.

    Just make sure your not the last guy to do it, or if you are... act like nothing is wrong and have someone else drive the truck back.

    You didn't hear that from me, and if you said that I told you that, I will deny saying it and call your daddy.
    Oh don't worry, that was my plan in the first place. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    everyone does the GRRRGRRRR- GRRRRRR - GRRRRR - GRRRRRRR HhhhMMMmmmmmmmmm at least once
    We call it: "THE RIGHT OF PASSAGE".
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    When you have to really worry is when the GRRRGRRRR- GRRRRRR - GRRRRR - GRRRRRRR HhhhMMMmmmmmmmmm turns to CLUNK!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanLoader View Post
    When you have to really worry is when the GRRRGRRRR- GRRRRRR - GRRRRR - GRRRRRRR HhhhMMMmmmmmmmmm turns to CLUNK!!!
    And then....

    Cha-Ching $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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    Much as it pains me to admit it, I had just been hired on my career dept and of course after academy there wasnothing I didn't know. I volunteered with the home town FD. First training night, hose lay and attack practice. Yep I took the hydrant and managed to fill the hosebed and 400 ft of 4" line. The Chief was an ex Flying Officer in the RCAF and a good friend of my Fathers. He certainly knew that my parentage did not involve animals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itshotinhere View Post
    I have two, 1st is laid dual 3" supply lines 300 feet to the fire when the engine I was on only had 1 3" intake.
    What happened to the steamer connection?????
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    Not on the fireground, but in training. We were doing hose handling drills and I had one of the probies backing me up while I was on the nozzle. We were on grass that was we and muddy from all of the previous evolution. For some reason the probie let go of the line and I just started tipping over backwards. The next thing I know, I'm flat on my back with the hose still in my hands an flowing water straight up in the air. Part of me wishes I had a video tape of that to see what I looked like, and the other part is happy that there is no evidence (other than this post).

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    On the job, we had a school fire in middle of summer, I was on tip. I'm standing on the 5th or 6th step of a flight of maybe 15, waiting for the ladder crew to force the door. This was a commercial type steel double door entry. They decide it'd be easier to rip out the frame, doors, and all instead of popping the door. So I'm standing there admiring how effecient they were working, and then had an epiphany. OH $#!+!!! The doors are out and coming down the stairs at me, nowhere to go! I had to jump on and "surf" the doors down to the bottom of the stairs. Fortunately no problem, but I won't make that mistake again...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
    The only thing that comes to mind came from a training the other night. I forgot to put the transmission back in neutral before I took the pump out of gear. I found out quickly what that mistake sounds like.
    Ya, I think I've got one of those too. As well, the desk phone in the station has the same "beer button" as any radio does, because its hooked into the radio trunking. I was doing some work involving small tools and when I flipped open the box I also tripped the "BIG RED BUTTON". Unfortunately it does not sound in the office... but it sure does over the 'net and through Dispatch.

    "Beer me Please!" Was all I heard later.
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    Hehe, back in my pup days I walked off the side of the roof. Yup, you read that right, bout 9 or 10 foot sudden drop. Somehow came out unscathed, did the quick "look to see if anyone saw that". They did....Good trick is have someone "run start" the K-12....
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    Hmmm.. good thread. Got me thinking. Most of these snafu's are deeply buried under my pride.


    Here's one.

    As a new operator I connected the LDH that I was supposed to be feeding to the intake. Duh
    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.

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    Had a couple of (minor) hand injuries over the years due to my own stupidity. The simple act of wearing my gloves would have prevented both of them.

    First one, we were at a well involved trailer fire. Well, the trailer was a loser (as they so often are), but we figured we could at least save the guy's truck if we pushed it away from the trailer. Hint, radiant heat+metal surface= HOT! Imagine that. So without thinking I joined a couple of other guys pushing the truck away and when I made contact with it, got a little first degree burn to my palm.

    Second one, we had heavy smoke in a residence and it was locked up tight. Grabbed a Halligan and went to the front door, which had glass panels in it. So I figure, don't bust up the whole door frame, knock out one little glass panel, reach in and unlock the door, right? But I underestimated the door glass (tempered). My first poke bounced off it, second poke did the same, so I reared back and really gave it a good thrust and my hand went through with the tool. Got a nice gash from that one.

    Moral of the story....Wear your PPE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Had a couple of (minor) hand injuries over the years due to my own stupidity. The simple act of wearing my gloves would have prevented both of them.
    Thanks you reminded me (like the scar on my hand did not)...

    Fire in a SFD, i'm behind the nozzle guy who's working his way down the hallway to the kitchen. It's a bit hot and the guys aren't venting like I want (and I wasn't waiting).

    Stupid me, left my tool at the door so I decide that I can punch the window out. Yea, it worked, but it also cut through the glove and I now have a nice little scar on one of my knuckles.
    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."

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    My 1st fire after graduating FFI. Mutual Aide call, and I forgot my helmet. Deputy gave me his to use, and with the smoke, people just saw a white helmet, kept giving me updates and asking what else needs to be done? I just kind of stood there with the "WTF" look and said do what you have to do to make the fire go out, and smoke clear.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    Your lucky. I know of a department that carries "spare" helemets on a couple rigs. Painted BRIGHT PINK and have flower shaped reflective tape...

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