A local student with a summer project in occupational studies has asked me to get your help. It's two parts:
First; She is looking for firefighting lingo, jargon, terms, and acronyms that we use day in, day out.
Example; line = hose, and RIT = Rapid Intervention Team
Second; She is looking for firefighters to complete the sentence: "Never ........ "
Example; "Never enter a building alone."
Any good ones out there?
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06-23-2001, 05:39 AM #1wrongWAYFirehouse.com Guest
Will You Help Student With Project?
06-23-2001, 08:43 AM #2jeg532Firehouse.com Guest
irons = tools - hit the hydrant = hook up to the hydrant -
06-23-2001, 08:51 AM #3Captain GonzoFirehouse.com Guest
I would be glad to help!
These terms are for the Northeast
Bagger: a word describing an alarm of fire. A 2 bagger is a two alarm fire, a 4 bagger is four alarms, etc.
Jake: a firefighter. this term came from the days of the first fire alarm boxes.
The key used to open the box was shaped like the letter J, a firefighter was assigned the task of holding the j-key, this became Jake.
Jake with a rake: a Jake with a rake is a firefighter with a drywall hook, pike pole, etc. If an officer says "I need a jake with a rake" he is requesting someone to come in and overhaul an area.
Part 2 of the request...from Murphy's Laws of Firefighting...
Never get on a hose line with anybody braver than you.
Never forget that all of your equipment came from the lowest bidder!
Firefighters: Today's heroes protecting everyone's tomorrows!
06-23-2001, 10:12 AM #4E229LtFirehouse.com Guest
TAKE=BREAK, ex: take the door, take the glass
ROAST=FIRE VICTIM (I know that's nasty)
HENNY YOUNGMAN=ONE LINE FIRE, OR ONE LINER
MOP AND GLOW=HAZMAT JOB
Now for part two:
Never say Never.
06-23-2001, 10:16 AM #5postal79Firehouse.com Guest
Hit = A call
Worker= Actual fire
Packed up = Wearing full scba
Hat = helmet
gloworm = haz mat person
truckie = f/f from truck co.
give me some more time to think and more will come
06-23-2001, 10:35 AM #6FirediverFirehouse.com Guest
Blue Canary= the police at a Haz Mat scene (from the canaries miners used to detect bad gas)
Plug= not so nice term for an incompentent FF
Never test a new recipe at the firestation
stay low....stay safe....BUT GET YOU SOME!!!!
06-23-2001, 10:49 AM #7spo0kFirehouse.com Guest
Never let the nozzle touch the floor when there is anyone else near you
Never let anyone convince you "the captain wants you over there, i'll hold the line for you while you go check it out"
Never leave a building w/o your partner
06-23-2001, 12:39 PM #8NCFiremedicFirehouse.com Guest
Vomit Commando = EMS people (I R 1)
Wheelchock = New Guy
ART= Assumed Room Temp
DRT= Dead Right There
Big guns= Deck Gun/Portable monitor
Never follow someone CRAZIER than you. (Officers are not crazier than you. They call it experience!!!!)
Running a code is easy.
The hard part starts when you bringem back and have a 30-40 min transport
06-23-2001, 12:57 PM #9XXLdoggFirehouse.com Guest
OFR = Out For Repair
OOS = Out Of Service
OML = On Medical Leave
OPL = On Personal Leave
CHAOS = Chief Has Arrived On Scene
MFA = Malicious False Alarm
UFA = Unintentional False Alarm
GOA = Gone On Arrival
"Stretch a line!" means advance a hoseline
Probie or Newbie is a probationary firefighter
"BOPPIE" is local term for probationary firefighter (BOP = Brother On Probation)
Never team up with a firefighter named "BooBoo"
Never believe it when they tell you that the dog don't bite!
Never believe they'll pay you back next payday
06-23-2001, 01:00 PM #10eCappyFirehouse.com Guest
NEVER believe everything you hear!
06-23-2001, 02:03 PM #11E_man9RFDFirehouse.com Guest
Here are some from the Northeast and the Bluegrass (Not in any particular order) :
Never eat more than your mask can hold.
Never say, "good bye."
Job= Working fire (far/fyah)
Lowry= portable hydrant- used in Boston.
Choad= ingnorant firefighter.
LDH= Large diameter hose
Band aid= EMT or Medic
Bronx Bazooka= 2 and a half inch smooth bore nozzle
Yankee= Transplanted New England Firefighter (guess who)
Eng. Co. 9
"In all of us there are heroes... speak to them and they will come forth."
"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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06-23-2001, 02:40 PM #12ggtruckieFirehouse.com Guest
"Job"=descibes a true incident not a false alarm. ie working house fire
"throw the stick"=put the arial ladder up
Never let go of the line or it will become someone elses.
06-24-2001, 02:35 AM #13CV639Firehouse.com Guest
Big Stick=aerial ladder mounted to the truck
Glow Worm=Haz-mat people
SWAG=Superficial Wild *** Guess
Crispy Critter=Burnt Victim
Flag Pole= New guy,usually cause they stand back like a pole watching
Frequent Flyer=someone who constantly calls on us
DAD=Dead As Dirt
Bat Belt= The "magic belt" every probie gets that has 50 million gadgets and do-dads on it "just incase" they need it
Portable=portable radio that we carry
Anchor=Fat guy on the boat
RIT=Rapid Intervention Team
Jump seat=seat on the back of the truck where the firefighters have air packs and things to get ready to go in with (aka pack seats)
NEVER leave your food unattended
My Opinions are mine and mine alone. They don't reflect my departments or anyone on my department's opinions.
06-24-2001, 10:30 AM #14lumpy649Firehouse.com Guest
CATCH HEAT- run a working fire
CUT, PIN JOB- extrication, accident with entrapment
MWF (meatball with feet)- Large patient
SNOT-SLINGER- high-speed wreck
ROMPER ROOM- slang for a crazy crew
KNUCKLE DRAGGER- truck company firefighter
INSURANCE-ITIS- A common medical condition suffered by a patient from a minor bumper-thumper accident that wants to go to the ER
BOULEVARD JIMMY- pedestrian struck by a vehicle
FLATBACKING- Getting some sleep, usually applies to a lazy person who sleeps excessively
NEVER dish out what you can't take in return... goes for anything from pranks to rumors!
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06-24-2001, 01:08 PM #15Jay19fireFirehouse.com Guest
CAFS- Compressed Air Foam System
PPV- Positive Pressure Ventilation
*WALLACE WAS HOT*
Never stand on or near a 5 inch hose when it is being dropped from the truck or when it is being charged!
Never forget that you are human and that things can and will go wrong.
Never look a victim in the eyes.
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06-24-2001, 02:53 PM #16SCNOZZLEMANFirehouse.com Guest
Never say Never in the fire service, because when you say it will never happen, it WILL..................
06-24-2001, 07:53 PM #17Neal_HP105Firehouse.com Guest
Just a few come to mind:
"LineJob"- Working Fire
"Hook-up & Pump"- Reverse lay using soft suction at the hydrant
"Feed the Stick"- Setting up the Ladder truck for tower operations
06-24-2001, 08:21 PM #18FDPappyFirehouse.com Guest
words for stuff:
grinder is a car wreck
taxpayer is a strip mall
2 bells is a 2nd alarm
3 bells is a 3rd alarm, etc...
stick is an aerial ladder
small ones are 1 1/2" attack lines
"Show E2 out, one small one on an auto (fire)"
Never let guys known as Charcoal Charley, Parking Lot Pete, or Sorround-n-Drown Sam take command of structure fires.
Best quote I ever heard:
"Somedays so-so is as good as it gets" Alan Brunacini, Chief, Phoenix Fire
06-24-2001, 10:47 PM #19LMfireFirehouse.com Guest
The most important thing we should always remember...
We NEVER trade life for property!
06-25-2001, 12:51 PM #20Althea ForhanFirehouse.com Guest
Haligan Tool=big metal tool that's kinda like a crowbar-also pronounced "Hooligan" as in a Hooligan's favorite tool.
Turnout Boy= a really obnoxious, arrogant, self-rightious kid bareley out of his rookie year on a neighboring dept. who wears his turnouts everywhere, even to the grocery store.
The Twins= our two oldest captains who pal around a lot and are known to dress alike.See "Fossil"and "Dinosaur"
To steal another's line-"Never let a victim's ghost say we didn't try"
Nice to hear from you, Captain Gonzo!
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