Listen To What Happened When This FDNY Dispatcher Retired And Try Not To Cry

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… »10/13/15 10:27am10/13/15 10:27am


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. »9/27/14 2:04pm9/27/14 2:04pm

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 9:20am9/06/14 9:20am

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 6:15pm3/20/12 6:15pm