Usually firefighters are sent to rescue things from tall heights, not put them there themselves. Behold! One flying Trabant.
Some brave Canadian laddermen recently showed up to put out a grass fire, but their hoses weren’t getting any suction from the hydrant. Why? Because it was stuffed with fucking fish!
Being any sort of emergency dispatcher, but especially one for the New York City Fire Department, has to be a rough job. A dispatcher known as “Eddy-O” in Queens worked on the job for 32 years, however, and he loved it. So when he tearily signed off for the last time, it was pretty sad. But then every single fire…
Somewhere in Slovakia a storm drain was... chirping. Authorities showed up to investigate, found a female mallard pacing around it, put two-and-two together, and commenced operation Pull Some Dumb Ducks Out Of The Drain. Don’t worry, it works out and this video will cheer you up.
Some poor bastard had apparently been sleeping in a dumpster when a garbage truck picked it up, dumped its contents and the man into its compactor, and then kicked him loose in a landfill along with all the rotten fruit, dirty diapers, and other unpleasantries of a trash container.
Where absent money leaves gaps, ingenuity fills in. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit's fire departments, where, as Detroit Free Press reporter Tresa Baldas shows us, a soda can full of jangling coins and screws alerts the Motor City's long-suffering heroes when there's an emergency.
A Chinese firefighter got drunk recently and decided he wanted to go see the countryside. He grabbed his department's shiny new truck and headed out. Things did not go well.
Here we see a man find his car and another vehicle next to it burning in a parking lot. When the fire department arrives, listen as he politely requests that his car be put out first.
What's it like to drop fire retardant on the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park? It's "kind of creepy."
No, it's not some new firefighter hazing. The Sauk Centre Fire Department — a 30 member all-volunteer firefighting crew — was fundraising at a St. Patrick's Day parade, dressed in drag to entertain the crowd — because, you know, pretending to be women is funny. When the fire began to spread, they hitched up their…
When the Ladd, Ill., fire department called for backup to a highway crash, two firefighters found their route blocked by drivers going the wrong way on the shoulder to escape the backup. Their 21st-century response: Bitching out the drivers on Facebook.
Tucked into a corner of the basement is a 1937 Seagrave Safety Sedan, known amongst fire truck junkies as the Detroit Safety Sedan and it represents one of the more interesting untold stories here at Detroit. When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, there is a longstanding tradition of using a firetruck as the…
Anyone see this yet at our gadget-obsessed brother site? Pretty funny — except it seems no one at Gizmodo was able to ID the car — I'm sure at least
one all of us can probably tell them. [via Gizmodo]
A few SEMA Shows ago, we had dinner at Don Miguel's in the Orleans Hotel with Bob DeVour, the guy who basically invented the Jaws of Life when he worked at Hurst. He was also responsible for driving Linda Vaughn around for a while. Man, what we wouldn't do to have been the Miss Golden Shifter chauffeur... Hurst has…
While describing a car wreck in our high school yearbook, we once wrote, "Cars and trucks and things that go also stop. Sometimes with deadly results." Some of these cars are now hybrids, which require a different methodology for rescue workers attempting to extricate accident victims from vehicles with 200 to 280…