Check out this video on Youtube. It is hilarious. Thanks to Tim Pickle from the Lynchburg Fire Department for the heads up on this one.

Mike over at has posted many cartoons from over the years. Some of them are hilarious. There are a couple which poke fun at yours truly. Check them out and have a laugh. If you don’t get it, ask someone.

Recently, seeing a need to join the 21st century, Captain Willie Wines Jr. decided to bring his digital camera to the fire station. Actually, it was his father’s camera. From what I understand, his crew enjoyed a good laugh after picking their jaws up off of the floor when the Captain whipped out a first generation digital camera. The guys realized quickly that the camera, which is reported to have been measured at 12″ x 12″, would provide a great opportunity to “get” the Captain.

As soon as the Captain stepped upstairs for a minute, the guys were hard at work rigging up a turn of the century camera with the gunpowder flash, shroud, and pedestal.

When Captain Wines returned to the bay to see the prehistoric device set up in the bay, all of the guys enjoyed a good laugh.

Here is the picture of the “Camera”:

I received an email yesterday about this new “Roanoke Radio Retention Tool”. I was out of town at the time so I am getting it posted now. Apparently I missed a new “Roanoke” specific tool that we designed on our own. The need for the new tool arised after Battalion Chief Beckner misplaced his radio. Now that we have the retention tool, this incident will be a thing of the past.


(sponsored by ACME / C.W.Williams)


· Attach end “A” to radio you wish to retain.

· Attach end “B” to forgetful Battalion Chief.

· For added retention, place seat belt attachment around waist and attach buckles until you hear an audible “Click”

· Remind said Battalion Chief that proper use of this tool will reduce the odds of loosing his radio.

· Special Note: Per memo 3-14 dated 11/02/06 this device and attached radio must be worn under your turnout coat when entering into any Structural firefighting operation, to prevent damage to radio, or radio retention tool.

Of course, this is all in fun. Apparently the device was built with 3 back-ups so that the radio would not be left anywhere.

You may have noted that a Firefighter/Medic wears many hats. If you’re thinking your day will be filled exclusively with Fire and EMS calls, think again. It may seem as if you are a janitor, a chef, a public relations representative, a codes and compliance officer, a taxi driver, a social worker, a referee, part of a lawn care crew, a mechanic, a painter, or an electronics or computer whiz. Oh yes, I almost forgot, you are a firefighter and a medic. If you’re looking forward to a career of high angle rescues, multiple structure fires and trauma call after trauma call, this job may not be for you. Although you will encounter these types of calls in your career, you need to be mentally prepared for a much less glamorous reality…life.

This text was taken from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Employment information page for Duties of a NFR Firefighter/Medic. View the complete page here.

Maybe all departments, including ours, should add this disclaimer.

I thought this picture was pretty funny. It was sent in by a reader, and is from