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    Talking Calls

    I remember when I first got on the fire department we got paged out for a fire and comm center told us the guy was bring the fire to the fire station! I just couldn't believe that! When we got to the station the guy actaully had the fire at the station. It was a trailer full straw bales.

    What are some of the funniest thing that has happened to you guys!!


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    I once was responding to a grass fire and came across a burning pickup truck on the highway. The driver of the pickup was sure glad to see me! A Sheriff's Deputy that responded went out to the grass fire site and found out it was nothing major. I stayed at the pickup fire scene and extinguished it.

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    I have heard lots of cool/ funny calls from people around this area, but love hearing story from other department.. sometimes all you can think is what the **** on a call.. i have a few of those

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    More than once have had rekindled vehicle fires "delivered" to a fire station. Once, went out for a barn fire, only to find that the caller had seen the yellowish glow of a full moon coming up over the barn and thought it was on fire. That made the AP wireservice.

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    My Dad(who is also a FF) and I came across an MVA once just outside of our district. A Tractor-Trailer ran a Stop sign coming off of a gravel road and hit a minivan with a mother and her children in it. Here is the strange part, when the truck hit the van the door popped open and the driver fell out of the vehicle. The truck was still in gear and running so it just took off, went through the ditch and out through a field, ended up about a mile away where it finally died after running through someones garage. The good news was that no one died. The truck driver had a serious leg injury that she fully recovered from. The Mom and kids were all properly belted and restrained and walked away pretty much unscathed, one of the kids had a little laceration above the eye. One of the craziest situations I've ever been in.

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    We had a guy ring the doorbell to the station once, (my paid dept.) and asked us if he could borrow a bucket. We asked him "what for?", and he said, "My truck out front is on fire." Luckily for him it was just a small fire around the carb so we just used a water can to put it out.

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    I had a fire like that.. but the old guy thought his tree was on fire and it was only the street light.... and it all happened at 3 AM and he said he saw the smoke...

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    My first call a couple of years back, paged out to a house fire (0darkhundred in the rain) and when we got there, the rain put it out. That's how hard it was raining.

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    We are getting a lot of people looking at this thread, Lets hear anything.. any calls. I enjoy reading and hearing and I know I am not the only one!

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    Several years ago there were some significant forest fires burning in Quebec. Weather systems pushed the smoke down into northern and central NY.

    Sodium street lights and the undeniable smell of smoke combined for several "smoke/glow in the area" calls, even though dispatch was fully aware of what had happened.
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    We've had several Fires delivered to the Fire House over the years....... By Train. What is now Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Mainline runs right beside our old Firehouse, and the Train Crews knew it, so from time to time they would bring us a Fire or Medical Emergency.......
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    thats way tooo funny

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    Try responding to a fire in a ladder truck and be on the freeway when my wiring under my dash blows up and catches fire. Kind of helpless throwing D5 bags of saline and pump cans at it. The worse part was the rubberneckers who were cackling as they drove by.
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    lol i like this thread
    We had a call Saturday at 0230 male pt chest pain. Pt requested no lights no siren. He met us on the street(interesting) anyways on the way to the ER i was talking with this gentleman and ask him if he would like someone to get ahold of his wife (small town department evryone knows everyone). he said no she is sleeping, (ok interesting) i ask "well don't you think she would like to know where you are when she wakes up" PT said well i left her a note!!! (really a note)

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    I could see that happening in our town or in this area..

    I know I started because some of the fire fighter out there go throw and see more then what I do and its a good way just to sit back and laugh and let stress from the job go!!

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    Just remembered one that was related to me. During the blizzard of '78, my rural dept. got a call of a person having a heart attack. The had a person who volunteered the use of a dozer to clear the road. The VFD, the man with a dozer (on a lowboy) and the medic from town, went as far as they could on the road. When it got to deep, they unloaded the dozer and it led the rest of the way. The finally got to the house where the caller was and she met them at the door. She excitedly said "My brothers having a heart attack! He's down at Riverside hospital, I've got to get down there! Riverside is only about 20 miles away in the next county. They ended up taking her from what I heard, but I don't think I would have been as near as nice.

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    Talking And............

    Just remembered this one.........

    Got a call one day at busy intersection about a mile from the station. Initial report was a "Trolley Car" on Fire. Problem with that was that there are no Trolley Car Tracks within 20 miles of here. We get there and find a Trolley Car on Fire..... Big Suprise, Got a quick knock, minor damage to a Historical Trolley Car on a Lowboy Trailer that was being transported to a Museum....... This place never ceases to amaze me......
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    everyone has something that still stops them and thinks WHAT... the thing the best about the calls.. are after everything is done.. i love being around my guys and the guys from the next time.. the laughs and everything its amazing I would do anything for my guys!!

    Please keep telling your sharing!

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    First call I went on as a junior, a reported brush fire behind some beach condos. We get there and its someone lighting a BBQ. Turns out the neighbor was a paranoid old lady. When dispatch asked the captain what was going on, he replied someone was having a BBQ, and he might stay for lunch.
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