Who Is a Fireman?

Firefighters don’t have a chance!

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 firefighters struggle with an eight-person ladder,

“They don’t even know how to raise a ladder.”

When firefighters open windows for ventilation to reduce heat in fighting a fire,

“Look at the wrecking crew.”

When they open the floor to get at a blaze,

“There goes the axe squad.”

If the chief stands back where he can see and direct his mean, people say,

“He’s afraid to go where he sends his men.”

If they lose a building,

“It’s a lousy department.”

If they make a good “stop,” folks say,

“The fire didn’t amount to much.”

If lots of water is necessary,

“They are doing more damage with water than the flames.”

If a firefighter gets hurt,

“He was a careless person.”

If a citizen gets hurt,

“It’s a crazy department.”

If a firefighter inspects a citizen’s property,

“He’s meddling in somebody’s business.”

If he wants a fire hazard corrected,

“I’ll see the mayor.”

If he gets killed and leaves a family destitute,

“That’s the chance he took when he joined the fire department.”