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    Well, volunteer firefighters are dedicated. Why, the star of "Moonshiners" on the Discovery channel even interrupted starting up his illegal still to respond to a structural fire call (turned out to be false). Apparently he is either a Captain or a chief (they didn't say specifically and he was wearing either a Captain or Chief helmet -- they showed shots of both).


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    He's the Chief of the Climax VFD in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He's well known as an expert in moonshining, but there is no moonshine being made on the show at all, it's all re-inactments.

    A friend of mine serves as his Assistant Chief.

    More info, courtesy of the Fire Critic (Rhett Fleitz): Fire Chief Tim Smith Stars in Show about Moonshiners in Virginia.
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    Pretty cool story.

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    FAKE FAKE????

    A reality show that is fake???

    Say it ain't so

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    He's the Chief of the Climax VFD in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He's well known as an expert in moonshining, but there is no moonshine being made on the show at all, it's all re-inactments.
    I just want a shirt that says Climax VFD..
    It takes the whole Co-Ed naked-thing from a few years ago to a whole new level..
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    I just want a shirt that says Climax VFD..
    It takes the whole Co-Ed naked-thing from a few years ago to a whole new level..
    If you like that, then you will like a Tee saying Intercourse FD or maybe Blue Balls FD!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    If you like that, then you will like a Tee saying Intercourse FD or maybe Blue Balls FD!!!
    Can I get them both or is it an either/or thing?
    And do I have to get the IFD to get the CVFD shirt?
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    Great. The fire service being represented by someone engaging in illegal activity.

    Would all those looking the other way be happy if he was making crack cocaine instead?

    Despite all the winking moonshiners are criminals. Nothing more.

    This contributes to why the fire service is not a priority to those who allocate funding for public safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    He's the Chief of the Climax VFD in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He's well known as an expert in moonshining, but there is no moonshine being made on the show at all, it's all re-inactments.
    Okay, he takes it so seriously that he interrupted filming of his fake reality show to respond to a call....

    While I don't have a problem with the way a lot of tv shows use re-enactments, it is usually done in such a way that it is very obvious that it isn't film of the actual event -- heck, I've been in one. But, if what we have here is folks just pretending to make moonshine without a very big disclaimer, I'm pretty disappointed in the Discovery channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    Great. The fire service being represented by someone re-enacting a character for a reality show that portrays them engaging in illegal activity.
    FTFY.

    I don't watch the show but it doesn't sound like his membership in the VFD is a huge part of the show. Overall I think this pales in comparison to some of the real life headlines where the service is portrayed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auxman View Post
    While I don't have a problem with the way a lot of tv shows use re-enactments, it is usually done in such a way that it is very obvious that it isn't film of the actual event
    I was surprised just how many of those Discovery shows are re-enacted or completely fake. Dual Survival, for example. While it was obvious by the fact that the camera crew was present that things weren't as bad as portrayed, I still thought much of the situation was accurate (location, conditions, etc). Turns out much of it is staged and acted. Case in point the episode where they were in the "North Woods" of Maine yet walk the 2 miles to the coast. Turns out it was filmed at a couple state parks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    FTFY.

    I don't watch the show but it doesn't sound like his membership in the VFD is a huge part of the show. Overall I think this pales in comparison to some of the real life headlines where the service is portrayed.
    What does FTFY mean?

    I haven't seen the show either. I'm just dismayed that this individual is being embraced on this board by individuals who claim to be in the fire service. If he is shown making moonshine and is shown stopping to go respond, that is not a good representation of the image the fire service would want.

    Secondly, it is one more reason that I have my beliefs the vollie system is a joke. That type of individual would never make it past the screening stage of a decent professional department.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    What does FTFY mean?
    "Fixed That For You"

    Secondly, it is one more reason that I have my beliefs the vollie system is a joke.
    We know you think all volunteer departments are a joke. Why must you constantly remind us?

    That type of individual would never make it past the screening stage of a decent professional department.
    I know, career firefighters are beyond reproach aren't they?! All attending church on their days off, helping children and the elderly across the street, counseling inner city youths, and never doing anything illegal for which they hope they'll never get caught. Goodness, I wish everyone realized that a paycheck = better than a volunteer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    What does FTFY mean?

    Fixed That For You

    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    Secondly, it is one more reason that I have my beliefs the vollie system is a joke. That type of individual would never make it past the screening stage of a decent professional department.
    I know you're anti-volunteer. In this case I think applying that here is a stretch. Neither of us has seen the show, to see if the CVFD is even mentioned or shown and if so, how. Similarly neither of us know enough about the individual to say one way or another.. The CVFD may be "decent" and "professional" and this individual may be a terrific leader and chief. The fact that his paying job is as an actor in a Discovery reality TV show has little bearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    I haven't seen the show either. I'm just dismayed that this individual is being embraced on this board by individuals who claim to be in the fire service. If he is shown making moonshine and is shown stopping to go respond, that is not a good representation of the image the fire service would want.
    As far as representing the Fire Service, I'm much more concerned with the fact that Snookie's father was a volunteer firefighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post
    As far as representing the Fire Service, I'm much more concerned with the fact that Snookie's father was a volunteer firefighter.
    Ok..that's funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voyager9 View Post

    I know you're anti-volunteer. In this case I think applying that here is a stretch. Neither of us has seen the show, to see if the CVFD is even mentioned or shown and if so, how. Similarly neither of us know enough about the individual to say one way or another.. The CVFD may be "decent" and "professional" and this individual may be a terrific leader and chief. The fact that his paying job is as an actor in a Discovery reality TV show has little bearing.
    I'm going on the initial post of this thread.

    Well, volunteer firefighters are dedicated. Why, the star of "Moonshiners" on the Discovery channel even interrupted starting up his illegal still to respond to a structural fire call (turned out to be false). Apparently he is either a Captain or a chief (they didn't say specifically and he was wearing either a Captain or Chief helmet -- they showed shots of both).
    I don't care if he is a terrific leader. Al Capone was a terrific leader. Pablo Escobar was a terrific leader. Hitler and Napoleon were terrific leaders. It doesn't change the fact they were criminals.

    I wouldn't want a criminal representing my former profession where I made it a demanded effort to always project a positive image to be emulated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    I don't care if he is a terrific leader. Al Capone was a terrific leader. Pablo Escobar was a terrific leader. Hitler and Napoleon were terrific leaders. It doesn't change the fact they were criminals.

    I wouldn't want a criminal representing my former profession where I made it a demanded effort to always project a positive image to be emulated.
    And I'd probably agree with you if he was actually doing something illegal and criminal. He's not. Go read the article from the Fire Critic posted above.

    From what I have seen on Facebook, it seems as though there are many people who think that Tim is running some huge illegal moonshine operation and was dumb enough to invite cameras behind the scenes…and then invite the cops as well. That isn’t the case at all. The show is about moonshining, the history, tradition, heritage, and everything else.
    “Nobody in the whole series was actually making any liquor, we wouldn’t allow that. If we knew somebody was making liquor they would have been in the next episode in handcuffs,” said Jesse Tate.
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