Man Sleeping In Dumpster Gets Compacted By Garbage Truck And Lives

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. » 9/25/14 4:50pm 9/25/14 4:50pm

Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm

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. » 9/06/14 9:00am 9/06/14 9:00am

Drunk Chinese Firefighter Crashes Brand New $850,000 Firetruck

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. » 6/16/14 2:03pm 6/16/14 2:03pm

Man Politely Requests Firefighters Put Out His Burning Car First

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. » 3/20/14 4:20pm 3/20/14 4:20pm

Firefighters In Drag Hitch Up Skirts To Put Out Truck Fire

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… » 3/20/12 6:15pm 3/20/12 6:15pm

Firefighter uses Facebook to tell wrong-way drivers: "Don't be an…

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. » 8/10/11 12:00pm 8/10/11 12:00pm

Detroit Auto Show: Fallen Firefighters Memorial Rig

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… » 1/16/08 1:00pm 1/16/08 1:00pm

Firefighters Lift Car With Their Hoses


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] » 9/13/07 10:00am 9/13/07 10:00am

Jaws of Life for Hybrids

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… » 11/03/05 1:55am 11/03/05 1:55am

Hybrid Moments: Firefighters Train for Gas/Electric Rescues

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… » 9/08/05 5:39am 9/08/05 5:39am