Firemen 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 m.p.h., 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 firemen 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 men, 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 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 correct:
"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."