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Pity the poor fireman

When the fire trucks are delayed 40 seconds in traffic, people say, “It took them 20 minutes to get here.”

When the truck races at 40 miles per hour, it’s “Look at those reckless fools.”

When four men struggle with an eight-man ladder, “They don’t even know how to raise a ladder.”

When fireman open windows for ventilation to reduce heat damage in fighting a fire, “Look at that wrecking crew.”

When they open the floor to get at the blaze, “There goes the axe squad.”

If the Chief stands back where he can see and direct his men, people say, “He’s afraid to go where he sends his men.

If they lose a building, “It’s a lousy fire department.”

If they make a good stop folks say, “The fire didn’t amount to much.”

If a lot of water is necessary, “They are doing more damage with the water than the flames.”

If a fireman gets hurt, “He was a careless guy.”

If a citizen gets hurt, “it’s a crazy department.”

If a fireman inspects a citizen’s property, He’s meddling in somebody’s business.”

If he wants a fire hazard corrected, “I’ll see the City Manager.”

If he gets killed and leaves a family destitute, “That’s the chance he took when he joined the fire department.”