Terms you won't read in an IFSTA manual
As we train, we all get the feeling that there is a word or phrase for everything we'll encounter out there. Not the case.
I am assembling my own little lexicon of non-mainstream terms from the fire service. Feel free to contribute.
Engleberry: That six or seven feet of supply line hanging off the hosebed after you've pulled the amount you're going to use. Origin: Engine + dingleberry.
Prostanker: The stream of water from a tanker's dump valve that never seems to end no matter how empty the tank is. Origin: Prostate + tanker.
Maintenance fatigue: The failure of a piece of power equipment to operate at a fire scene despite impeccable maintenance. Believed caused by the device's unwillingness to be started again.
Adrenavival: The uncanny ability of unused, un-maintained items to function at Olympic levels when it really counts. Applies primarily to tools but is sometimes seen in firefighters.
Groggle: The sound a pump makes when priming at draft.
Groggle: The sound one of our guys makes when napping.