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    Default Why is Truck work made out to be so glamerous?

    Hey just wondering, figured it would be a good conversation starter but..

    Every firefighting movie/TV show that I've seen, the truck crew has been the focus of the movie/show...

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    Towering Inferno: a fairly good mix of both, but the focus was Steve McQueen free lancing.
    Backdraft:even though it was engine company 17 they rarely did engine work..
    Ladder 49: The main character started out on the engine...but then transferred to the truck company..
    Rescue Me: Where exactly are the guys that ride the engine? in the basement or something?

    I can't comment on Third Watch...

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    The question...
    Why is Truck work made out to be so glamerous?
    The Answer...

    It's the only way us smart company officers who were Engine guys can get the knuckle draggers to take Truck company assignments!
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    Truck Company= Firehouse cook.

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    Glamorous?

    Hmmm... Didn't know it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGriffC12 View Post
    the truck crew has been the focus of the movie/show...
    Because any azzhole can spray water.
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    because in the public's eyes, firefighting is only glamorous because you risk your life to save others. Who does that? The truck company... you know, they're doing search and rescue. Whenever you tell someone you're a firefighter, the first words out of their mouths is, "oh cool, how many people have you saved etc." No one wants to watch a movie about firefighters spraying water. They wanna see action... guys running in and saving hot chicks.

    It's just our society.
    Firefighting - one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Because any azzhole can spray water.
    Spoken like a True Neaderthal(Knuckle dragger)Hehe,T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Spoken like a True Neaderthal(Knuckle dragger)Hehe,T.C.
    Tim.. he's evolved.. he has a FWD PUMPER! and an award winner to boot.. of course, he got it at a Mustang show...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    Tim.. he's evolved.. he has a FWD PUMPER! and an award winner to boot.. of course, he got it at a Mustang show...
    Only because I can't fit a B-Model Tiller in the garage!
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    Guys that can ONLY do truck work, or ONLY do engine work, are sissies in my eye!

    You see, I ride on a QUINT and I DO IT ALL BABY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Guys that can ONLY do truck work, or ONLY do engine work, are sissies in my eye!

    You see, I ride on a QUINT and I DO IT ALL BABY!
    It's nice to see, that even as your memory fades, you still regain the ability to be so full of yourself.......


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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Guys that can ONLY do truck work, or ONLY do engine work, are sissies in my eye!

    You see, I ride on a QUINT and I DO IT ALL BABY!
    So... you're Bi-Trucksual?
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    Quote Originally Posted by beachfire View Post
    Truck Company= Firehouse cook.
    Very true!!

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    When I was a single lad, and would be enjoying the company of a young lady, she'd usually ask at some point "so what do you actually do at work"? Besides the usual BS of cleaning up, giving the Engine guys noogies, and checking equipment, I'd transition to the real bragging stage.

    My reply would usually be; "well, you have Engine guys and Truck guys. The Engine guys take the hose and put the fire out. The Truck guys, well, we're the guys you see up on the roof cutting holes, or the guys pulling a victim out from a fire, or the guys busting down the door".

    Then she'd ask; "so what do you prefer"?

    And my bragging self would say; "I've never seen a Truck guy pulling strings and calling on favors to go to an Engine". Then she'd smile/laugh, and good times would occur later....

    Hahahahahahaha....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chenzo View Post
    It's nice to see, that even as your memory fades, you still regain the ability to be so full of yourself.......

    Ah, young grasshopper, maybe someday you will understand the journey I have taken to get where I am and you will take one of your own.

    Even still, you will NEVER be as good as I am!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    So... you're Bi-Trucksual?
    Of course! Why miss out on half your chances for action!!
    Crazy, but that's how it goes
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    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    So... you're Bi-Trucksual?
    Had to clean off my screen after reading that one. funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDGloWorm View Post
    And my bragging self would say; "I've never seen a Truck guy pulling strings and calling on favors to go to an Engine". Then she'd smile/laugh, and good times would occur later....

    Hahahahahahaha....


    that must be why they are always asking for me to pass them the line.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigGriffC12 View Post
    Hey just wondering, figured it would be a good conversation starter but..

    Every firefighting movie/TV show that I've seen, the truck crew has been the focus of the movie/show...

    Examples:

    Towering Inferno: a fairly good mix of both, but the focus was Steve McQueen free lancing.
    Backdraft:even though it was engine company 17 they rarely did engine work..
    Ladder 49: The main character started out on the engine...but then transferred to the truck company..
    Rescue Me: Where exactly are the guys that ride the engine? in the basement or something?

    I can't comment on Third Watch...


    They are ALL movies or TV shows. No one wants to see guys under a truck on a creeper, wiping the crap off the underside.

    The Chief, Steve McQueen, in The Towering Inferno, was doing his job. Apparently you have little fire service to understand what a Battalion Chief does at a fire scene.

    It's all Glitz and Glamour bud.


    Besides, the best cooks in a fire house, are truck men!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    Only in America.

    In London's Burning (UK) and Alfa Papa Tango (Belgium) you get to see healty mix of everything.

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    Why is Truck work made out to be so glamerous?


    Because it is...
    HAVE PLAN.............WILL TRAVEL

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    A friend of mine taught me this years ago and I laugh every time I teach it to someone new.

    He strides from the engine with a hose in his hand,
    He walks with authority he's an engine man,
    He relies on skill and not on luck,
    Like those wedgeheaded nimrods that ride on the truck.

    Of course the version that was taught to me was perhaps a little more explicit but this gets the point across.

    I am unashamedly an engine man at heart. I like crawling that hallway to battle the fire and kill it. But heck if I can't do that give me a saw, axe, hook, irons, or whatever and I will joyfully destroy anything i am told to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    A friend of mine taught me this years ago and I laugh every time I teach it to someone new.

    He strides from the engine with a hose in his hand,
    He walks with authority he's an engine man,
    He relies on skill and not on luck,
    Like those wedgeheaded nimrods that ride on the truck.

    Of course the version that was taught to me was perhaps a little more explicit but this gets the point across.

    I am unashamedly an engine man at heart. I like crawling that hallway to battle the fire and kill it. But heck if I can't do that give me a saw, axe, hook, irons, or whatever and I will joyfully destroy anything i am told to!
    Truth be told... I still like the Engine work, like you described. It has it's own glamour in that regard. I think Truck guys just like the variety of jobs they can cover. Truck assignments for me was more like a way of life.


    We use to describe the Engine guys as 'married', and the Truckees as 'playing the field'. I guess if you like what you do... you're not in a rut no matter what your assignment is.
    HAVE PLAN.............WILL TRAVEL

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    that must be why they are always asking for me to pass them the line.....
    Hahahaha, not me bud!!!

    Line? What line?

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