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    4iron
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    Talking What's the dumbest thing you've seen a fellow FFR do?

    Several years ago,I had a fellow partner/Paramedic lube the interior ambulance cabinet slide doors with WD-40,(he thought they were too hard to open).To this day,(this ambulance is now used as a spare)the doors still open and spill stuff out when you turn a corner!We had to tape them shut or supplies would fly around and hit the patients in the head.Smooth move.
    Any others?

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    comwhite
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    A couple of years ago, we had two new firefighters, gungho ready to go. Call came, they respond POV, and start blowing the horn. At a stop sign a citizen was waiting on traffic, so they stick their heads out the window and start cussing him and tell him to get his a&& off the road, calling him all sorts of names. The man pulls over and gets out of his vehicle. Here stands a 6'3" man weighing about 250 pounds, telling them to stop, which they ignore and proceed to the call. When they get back to the station, the man is standing their waiting on them talking to the Chief.

    The first question out of the Chief's mouth is "Are you two crazy? First of all look at the size of this man, and secondly, he's the Commissioner's brother". Smart.

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    S. Cook
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    Tell a lady invloved in a head on to crawl out of her car and get on the cot.

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    jimthefireman
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    Filling up the Chiefs (Gasoline powered) car with Diesel would have to be right up there! Damn this brings back memories. The absolute stupidist thing I have ever known a fellow firefighter to do was the legendary "Bones" who is famous throughout NZ for throwing an army thunderflash (like a big firework) into the TV room at City station about 25 years ago. It blew all the double glazed windows into the street and ruptured the eardrums of everyone in the room. Several ended up with permanant hearing damage as a result. Amazingly he kept his job but was reduced in rank for a couple of years. Anyone top that?
    Jim Maclean
    Auckland NZ

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    johnusn971
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    Any rookie or booter anywhere saying...
    "In my experiance...." or
    "I know, I know"

    Doc, DC3

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    FLAME5
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    ONE FELLOW FIREFIGHTER TOOK A CURVED STREET VERY SHARP INTO THE OTHER LANE (SPEEDING). HE WAS RESPONDING TO A DUMPSTER FIRE AFTER PICKING UP DINNER. TOOK OUT A GENTELMAN RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE HEAD ON, THE MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE E.R.(CRITICAL, BUT LIVED, LATER SUED OF COURSE)
    NOW THIS WAS DONE IN THE RESERVE COMMAND UNIT (SUBURBAN).
    I THINK THIS TOPS YOU JIMTHEFIREMAN

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    S. Cook
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    johnusn971 you brought back a memory...

    We had a 2 year 'veteran' tell a new guy that got shaken up at a nasty trauma/drowning:

    "when you've been around as long as I have you've pretty much seen it all, don't let it get to you."

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    SFD161
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    Let's see...............
    Would it be the guy that turned the lights on as he entered a local bar filled with natural gas?????

    Or maybe the guy that grabbed hold of a live power line to pull it away from a house fire!!!!!!

    Or maybe the same guy who, 2 years earlier, did the same thing at a "tree on a house" after a big storm!!!!!!

    Or the guy that was drinking out of a brown paper bag while collecting money during a boot drive at a busy intersection!!!!!!

    Or maybe the guy (you know the type that never shows up for training but finds time to make the fires)...anyway.....he managed to put an airpak on upside down!!!!!!

    Or the guy that passed the fire truck in his POV while responding to a structure fire!!!!!!

    BUT.......PROBABLY THE DUMBEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN A FF DO WOULD HAVE TO BE THE FF THAT PRETENDS TO KNOW IT ALL AND ENDS UP IN A SITUATION THEY CAN'T HANDLE.



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    Richard
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    A fellow firefighter at a feed silo fire looked down the top hatch and couldn't see anything. So he took off his SCBA mask and looked down the hole again! Needless to say he ended up supine on a stretcher, sucking oxygen. I guess if you survive your mistakes you ineveitably get smarter.

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    ffnbs
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    Thumbs down

    Put unleaded gas into an ambulance with a diesal engine.

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    mark440
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    Smile

    New guy washing the apparatus floor and filling the Chief's boots with water. If you have a Chief as big as ours you don't mess with him. Had a fire that night.

    Stay safe,

    Mark

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    hagerff/emti
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    Heres a good one for you.....

    We have a guy on our ambulance co. that wanted to move the mirrors in a little. They moved real hard so he sprayed them with JB 80 (twice the power of WD 40 or so they claim). Now when we drive down the road the mirrors swing in.......and this guy is a Basic (not even a driver) and a Med student to top that off. DONT THINK I WILL BE SEEING HIM AS MY DOC..........but just a thought.

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    REAL HEROES WEAR SCBA'S NOT CAPES

    We will eat smoke and pull out bodies as long as they continue to build them. Just once I would like them to ask one of us how to build it!!

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    Adze
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    Cool

    Years ago, we had a chimney fire in a condo complex. When we got there, we discovered that the fire had gone into the walls between two of the condos. We had a crew on the roof doing vent. One guy looked down into the hole. Upon doing so, his leather fell into the whole. So what did he do? He took off his pack and went into the hole to retrieve his leather!!!

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    FatFiremen
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    Red face

    Work in a small town but we have one of the biggest Malls in the state, had a driver with about 12 years on ask how to get their. The call was in the middle of the day so it's not like he just woke up.
    Same guy about 2 years later was told by Capt. to get the DRY CHEM's from the truck, shows up with the water cans.
    Thank God he retired early

    Stupid is as Stupid does!!!!

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    E_man9RFD
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    Had a captain who wanted to look for a gas leak with a lighter. I really don't know why or how he got promoted. Nice guy, but a horses *****.

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    "In order for us to achieve all that is demanded of us, we must regard ourselves as greater than we are."

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    fire69dawg
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    Here's one for your list. We had a 12 year veteran who got caught up in drugs, and decided to support his habit by stealing from the station. Needless to say he was caught and prosecuted on felony charges, and is no longer a FF.

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    firehat87
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    We once had a fire fighter hanging out in the fire hall make the comment that the city needed to keep a paid arsonist on staff to give us more to do. He didn't realize the guy standing next to him was a city councilman. Hehe.

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    St11FireEMS
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    we were dispatched mutual aid to the next town over for an MVA with a trauma code. well this emt decides to perform cpr on the trauma code. he was an emt for about a year and this was his first trauma code....well hes doing cpr on this guy and i ask him to stop an look at the back of this guys head(which was gone)...he got all worked up for a code and didnt notice the entire back of the pts. head missing. what a dope

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    pwc606
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    This is second hand info from a state trooper:
    He roles up on an accident and has one person ejected from the car. Another trooper roles up, jumps out and says what do you have? Trooper #1 says DOA. Trooper #2 says well you push on his chest while I give an Alco-sensor test. No lie. #2 no longer works for the state.

    [This message has been edited by pwc606 (edited 03-02-2001).]

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    Tindog18
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    Got 2 for you:

    A gungho ff that knows it all(yeah right) is on a pumper enroute to a mutiual aid fire. The fire was just across a small creek in a non hydrant district so our engine laid 200-250ft across the bridge to the fire scene being new than the crew on board he had to wrap the hydrant a another ff was going to charge the line when ready driver not aware of the change made sees the 5" wrapped an begins down the road. This FF decides(against SOP) to try to ride tailstep to the fire scene. Now the 5" is coming out of the hose bed to the rear of this truck with this knuckle head standing on the tail. We still 3yrs later ask him how hard exactly are those couplings. BONK!BONK!BONK!

    Next a 10yr member is responding to a call withthe third out piece from HQ Wonder why its taking so long for the truck to make it to the scene, he had gone to the wrong side of town lights and siren on(Federal) took another wrong turn down a dead end st. still with lights and everything on. Embarassing?????

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    fjbfour
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    Got a couple... same guy

    We get a call for a smoke smell. Pumper has responded, next due out is the squad. This guy, who thinks he knows everything (and consistently proves he doesn't) tells me that we don't need to send the squad, it's probably nothing. SOP **CLEARLY** states that you respond according to pre-established order unless the IC special calls a rig or discontinues the response. So I tell him to shove it. Three of us get in the squad, leaving him behind. Since I pushed for the response (and the other two guys were kind of following my lead) he tells me that if I roll out, that I'm finished in the department for insubordination. Did I forget to mention that we were same rank? He had several more years of experience, though that made no difference. Turns out we had a full-blown structure fire, and he wanted to wait around and watch TV until the first out engine came back from the "smoke scare". What an idiot. I got to stay on the job.

    Same guy not too long before that call... somehow we let him drive the engine to a fire. Stopped and wrapped the hydrant OK, rolled up to the structure, stretched a couple of handlines. Hydrant guy charges the LDH. Idiot guy opens the handline valves and nothing happens other than gravity fill. Thinking he needs more RPM's, he starts to crank up the throttle. Still nothing. OK, you and me, we'd start looking for the problem, right? Not idiot guy, he gives the engine more throttle, until the 1992 American LaFrance finally overcomes the parking brake and proceeds to jerk down the block BACKWARDS, dragging handlines with it out of the house and out of the hands of the crew waiting to do attack entry, and eventually ending up on top of the LDH. It was never in pump gear!! Not only that, after he FAILED to engage the pump properly, he put the rig into Reverse to drive the pump he never engaged!!!!! HELLO, what the hell do you suppose that beeping sound is... kind of sounds like a backup alarm, huh??? AAAAHHHHHHH!!!


    (this incident did NOT involve the Plymouth, MN FD or any other dept in MN, it occurred in an otherwise very nice dept located in NE)

    [This message has been edited by fjbfour (edited 03-02-2001).]

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    fjbfour
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    Don't tell me my post couldn't be topped, that's scary! Who else has some frightening yet true stories....?

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    scottbcptwr
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    Burning a brush pile for member of the community fellow fire fighter uses a can of gas 5gal to start pile burning took him 2 months to grow his beard back.
    One of my fellow officers calls too tanker on his handheld and ask tanker to pull over so he can get by this was on the way to a mutual aid call.
    Called out to a structure fire one night two departments as we near location of call the whole sky is glowing,but as we top the hill we find out it was the Moon the biggest harvest Moon I've ever seen the problem was the officer driving the pumper checked on the scene,since that night he has been known as Apollo 1201.
    All of these happened at my former department. Don't have any good stories yet.

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    scottbcptwr
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    Burning a brush pile for member of the community fellow fire fighter uses a can of gas 5gal to start pile burning took him 2 months to grow his beard back.
    One of my fellow officers calls too tanker on his handheld and ask tanker to pull over so he can get by this was on the way to a mutual aid call.
    Called out to a structure fire one night two departments as we near location of call the whole sky is glowing,but as we top the hill we find out it was the Moon the biggest harvest Moon I've ever seen the problem was the officer driving the pumper checked on the scene,since that night he has been known as Apollo 1201.
    All of these happened at my former department. Don't have any good stories yet.

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