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    "A firefighter is a jack of all trades and master of none"

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    My first Lt. told me this fresh out of the academy. He would repeat it pretty much word for word as needed to keep me balanced. So simple it's stupid, but I'll always remember it.

    "We didn't start the fire - usually. All fires go out, unless you live in Centralia. We didn't make the person sick or injured - usually. Everyone dies. This is the best f#$%ing job in the world, so enjoy it."
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    "Don't hurry boys, she's not a keeper", initial size up report by the first responding truck.

    "Dear Chief, No one was more surprised that I.....", how one person started his letter to the Chief explaining his actions. Now a running joke in the department.

    "The pump moves water, it doesn't make water"

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    from my new signature...

    "There are very few new ideas in the Fire Service. Many new things are tried and discarded when it is discovered the old idea worked better..."

    the Late Tom Brennan, Captain, FDNY retired, editor, Fire Engineering Magazine
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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    Not a firefighter quote, but I like it just the same and it easily applies.


    "Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face." - Mike Tyson
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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    My dept. has been closing houses since July and when one of our directors was asked by a civilian why one of the firehouses was closed he said

    "The firehouse isnt closed, it just isnt open."

    In January 2 houses directly adjacent to a "not open" firehouse burned down.

    "HEY, HEY, WATCH OUT, I"M GOING TO BREAK THIS WINDOW!"

    This was heard and witnessed as a ladder officer brought his head back in through an open window, he than closed the window, turned and said, "let me have your haligan" (my response was simply "no"), he than proceded to smash the window with a kitchen chair.

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    Me: "Rescue 45 to County"

    County: "Rescue 45"

    Me: "On location, Fully involved swimming pool, we can handle"

    County: "Um, okay Rescue 45?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post

    "Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face." - Mike Tyson
    Chief, I've always liked this quote from Tyson, because it's true about life.

    Being a training officer, I've always liked:

    "You don't rise to the occassion, you default to your level of training. When stress hits, you will only be half as good as your best day of recent training."

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    "Victorious warriors win first,
    and then go to war,
    while defeated warriors go to war first,
    and then seek to win."

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    "If the engine company is blocking the stairs just say MOVE IMPORTANT TRUCK COMPANY COMMING THROUGH......They love that"
    -New York City Firemen that taught my firefighter 1 class
    Last edited by Harris543; 06-04-2010 at 10:02 PM.

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    "Operations to Engine 27 - how are you making out down there?"

    (garbled)

    "Operations to Engine 27 - what's your status?"

    "Engine 27 to Operations. There's lots of fire down here. I'm trying to get the fire put out."
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    "Take time to make time"


    My favorite line i have heard on the radio so far

    "Command to quint X"

    "Will you please go in their and show quint Y how to put that fire out!"

    "Quint X copies going to teach them fire attack"

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    We're taking in a run... get on the truck b-i-t-c-h-e-s.
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    Engine and med running a call for a pregnancy... Dispatch gives information...

    Dispatch..... Patient is having her third pregnancy and is 39 months along.

    Med.... Understood, patient in 3 year pregnancy!!!

    Engine... Is the patient human?

    Dispatch (giggling).. Correction, 39 weeks in pregnancy, and yes, a human.

    Engine and Med... Understood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF
    "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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    One of the funnier radio exchanges I have herd.

    Dispatch: Engine 8 respond to 123 main street for a homeowner locked out of the house with a pizza in the oven.

    Engine 8: Received, responding to 123 main street for the pizza rescue.

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    We had an assistant chief who said words like "these, them, that and those" with "dese, dem, dat and does".

    He was interviewed by a reporter after a stubborn brush fire and asked what he thought caused the fire... his answer?

    "It coulda been kids, it coulda been someone tossing out a butt, it coulda been a bird picking up a dicarded butt.... dem birds dat smoke can ruin your whole day...."
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
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    Don't remember where I heard this one.

    If it's stuck, force it, if it breaks it needed to be fixed anyways.

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    A late fire chief I used to work with was once the I.C. for a train derailment. Several private residences had been evacuated as a result. Of course, the media got involved:

    Reporter: "Chief ________, how long do you estimate it will be before these people can be back in their homes?"

    Chief: "Well, that depends how far they went..."
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    My chief has a tendency to say these three constantly. We'll occasionally do impressions of the first two around the station.

    "I don't care what you, just DO something."
    "Its not my emergency."
    "If I yell at you while on scene don't take it personally, but if I yell at you off scene it's for a reason."

    Right after I joined my department, the member who's been with the department the longest told me this one right after my first structure fire.

    "I've been fighting fires for over thirty years and I haven't lost a foundation yet."

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    One of my buddies is a dispatcher. It was a med call to xyz Mickey Run Rd.

    Paramagician to headquarters: "Medic x responding to xyz Mickle Run Rd."

    Headquarters: "Medic x be advised the address is xyz Mickey Run Rd."

    Medic: "Copy, Mickle Run Rd."

    Headquarters: "No, m-i-c-k-e-y Run Rd."

    Medic: "M-o-u-s-e, Thank you."
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    Those arent two pillows!!!
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    Talking Reminder

    With the passing of the great UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, some of his homalies are being repeated. Per Hall of Fame Player Bill Walton, he says Coach Wooden passed him a note after one particularly tough win. "It's what you learn after you think you know everything is whats important." Bill says he still has the note and he keeps it in his wallet as an every day reminder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KanFireman View Post
    "I've been fighting fires for over thirty years and I haven't lost a foundation yet."
    He's obviously never dealt with a well advanced fire in a building with wooden basement walls...
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    Considering that stone and concrete are the only two accepted building materials to make a foundation with around here, mostly due to concerns over termite damages. You can use wooden pillions, but they must rest on either a concrete or stone anchor(footing). Another reason is we have tornadoes so lots of folks like the security of having a basement, complete with concrete/stone walls. So, I don't believe he has or probably ever will encounter a situation like that.

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    Default to the dept. noobs

    To the dept. noobs

    "Be quick to listen, and slow to speak"

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    Exclamation

    When the communications operator asked the Chief, several times, who was operating on the scene for a progress report, finally he came back and said," We ain't making no damn progress!"

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