Skip to comments.Firefighters Rush Out on Emergency Call - When They Return, They See Amazing Note
Posted on 05/28/2014 9:50:19 PM PDT by chrisinoc
Firefighters had everything they needed for a Memorial Day BBQ assembled at the checkout line at a California Costco.
That is, until they had to leave it all behind to rush out on an emergency fire call.
When the firefighters returned to the store an hour later, wearing camouflage-patterned shirts with the American flag and determined to still have their steak, corn and watermelon, they were surprised, according to KOVR-TV.
Someone had paid their $125.25 bill.
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Thanks for sharing!
Firefighter is one of the most sought after, high paid, best benefits, able to work a second job, job, in America.
Over the last 30 years, I have come to think of my fireman customers as moderately wealthy, and as happy as punch with their luck in getting in.
I am wondering why they are always at the grocery store?
you left out the whole risk part, which is what makes the job relatively well-paying.
The receipt shown in the article had TMI. They could find out who it is by checking her membership # that’s shown, together with a bit of her credit card info that a serious hacker type could figure out.
Beautiful gesture on her part, tho, and God willing no one will try to take advantage of her personal info.
The risk is just fine, there is a reason that men fight over the job, it is like winning the lottery.
It depends on the location. Some firefighters are volunteers; bless them. Where I live, being a firefighter is a sure ticket to becoming a millionaire and most of them are jerks. And as far as risk goes, firefighter isn't in the top ten. The high pay has everything to do with politics and unions. I see them in the grocery all the time, but have never seen them leave the grocery to go on a call.
something smells fishy right there.
I’ve watched over the years as they looted the city coffers and as a union, are part of the police, teachers, city workers, and gay community to control big city politics.
Now some of them live in the houses on the coast line.
They are the government, and they are unionized against us, and candidates have to get through them.
This seems like a story from 50 years ago. THIS is the America which won WWII. This is not the Amerika of feral youths, knockout games, illegal invader bloodsuckers and ObamaPhone slobs.
Taxes are no longer enough to pay the fire department. There is a special fire fee, which in practice is an additional regressive tax and goes up every year. Then if you ever need them to take you to the hospital, it’s almost $200 per mile in spite of the taxes already paid.
That sure is a mouthful.
Where do you like that “being a firefighter is a sure ticket to becoming a millionaire?” I’ve only known a few professional firefighters in my life, none of whom is wealthy. They live nice, middle-class lives after they’ve been on the job for several years and, as noted above, because of the work schedule, can take on a 2nd job to help achieve that nice lifestyle. Also those I’ve known are married to women who work, not a sign of the millionaire lifestyle.
Interestingly, earlier today I was speaking with a retired NYPD officer about pension funds, etc. He said NYPD’s pension fund is pretty solid vs. FDNY that’s been broken for decades. Like half a century worth of decades.
I’m glad you think the ‘risk is just fine’ for firefighters. Would you be good enough tell us what you do for a living that you feel free to consider the risk of firefighting ‘just fine?’
Unraveling what they really make is not easy because you have to get through the fig leafs to get to the benefits, overtime and actual current pay.
You may remember when Newport tax payers were surprised to learn that their life guards are considered part of the fire department and the lowest paid employee made $98,000.00 a year while some made over $200,000.00 a year, up to $210,000.00.
They can take second jobs because there’s a lot of sleeping, eating, watching TV and playing games at the firehouse that counts as duty hours. If the FDNY pension fund is broken it’s because they are taking too much money out and not putting enough money in. This robbery of the taxpayers is occurring in urban areas where public unions are strong and Democrats are in charge.
It’s the fixin’s for ONE BBQ only. (the itemized receipt is shown in the article). I know it’s hard to walk out of Costco with a bill under $500.
The idea of potentially getting burned to death is enough to let them have their high wages and benefits.
They are the only public servants that truly serve and protect.
Aside from my Army service and Airborne, I have spent much of my life in far more dangerous jobs than fireman.
Roofing is almost twice as deadly, and construction, taxi driver, recyler/trash, farming and ranching, fisherman are all more dangerous, many jobs are.
It isn’t like firemen die all the time, obviously men don’t worry about such things, or we wouldn’t be building the world and driving taxis, and delivery trucks, and being fishermen and farmers and ranchers.
If you believe in market forces, then you may want to reconsider turning over fortunes to fill jobs that guys have always loved to do anyway.
I totally thought the same thing, that there was TMI on that receipt... and by the way, what good is a receipt with a handwritten note if it isn’t calling someone a “nigger”?
Did somebody keep the steak chilled until they got back?
And he was all like “Pew!” “Pew!” “Pew!”.
Have you ever run into a burning building? How about doing it every three months.
I don’t do it.
These guys actually save lives. They don’t hassle you for driving through town. They send paramedics to save life’s.
I say, dedicate all of the money generated by the cops to the local fire department.
You cannot pay them enough.
You're an asshole! My father was a captain in Jersey City. He watched two of his men die. He still walked into engulfed buildings pulling people out.
I somewhat followed in his footsteps becoming a volunteer in South NJ. I attended four funerals of brothers caught in a woods fire. I had people die in my arms. I walked into fully involved structures, also pulling people out. Like my father, I was was scared most of the time.
We did what we had to do, because some one had to.
I used to be a volunteer firefighter. If the department is run correctly, there is very little risk. Every call/situation is thought out in advance, and practised. High risk for high returns, little risk for little rewards, no risk for no rewards. That means one only risks himself to rescue a person. If only the building is at risk, then no risk to personnel is undertaken.
That's not a job I'd want no matter how much I got paid........
Who pays for firehouse meals? This bill of $125, (if it wasn’t picked up by someone else) would this had been divided up among those on duty or is this part of the public’s money? Anyone know how that works?
What's more dangerous is responding to a rescue call on the freeway (with an entrapment). That happens much more frequently.
It would have been divided by the firemen. The department does not pay for the meals. (At least where I worked).
We always paid for our food. We ate well. As a volunteer, Township paid for our equipment. But we also paid for our house.
Also as a paid guy, my Dad’s crew also paid their own way for food. No gub’mint handouts.
That's good. Let the market determine wages, not politics and public unions. There are far more dangerous jobs than fireman.
If all that's true, then let the market determine their wages. I see openings for police officer all the time, but not fireman, at least where I live.
Well drama queen, too bad your emotional appeal doesn’t change the facts, and it doesn’t change the facts that the appearance of danger is part of what makes it appealing to so many many men, that and the money, benefits, and work conditions, because if it wasn’t for those then they would just become roofers or taxi drivers, or loggers, or construction workers like the rest of us, there are many routine jobs that we and our sons and dads do which are more dangerous.
Yes I've run into burning buildings, don't you realize that many, if not most guys love that stuff, firemen have about the best job around, and that is why there is so much competition for the job, too bad that since the government can unionize against us now, they have become overpaid and too powerful in running our cities.
he decline of demand has created a problem for firefighters. What Fred McChesney wrote some 10 years ago is even more true today:
Taxpayers are unlikely to support budget increases for fire departments if they see firemen lolling about the firehouse. So cities have created new, highly visible jobs for their firemen. The Wall Street Journal reported recently, In Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, for example, 90% of the emergency calls to firehouses are to accompany ambulances to the scene of auto accidents and other medical emergencies. Elsewhere, to keep their employees busy, fire departments have expanded into neighborhood beautification, gang intervention, substitute-teaching and other downtime pursuits. In the Illinois township where I live, the fire department drives its trucks to accompany all medical emergency vehicles, then directs traffic around the ambulancea task which, however valuable, seemingly does not require a hook-and-ladder.
Heres some data. Note that medical calls dwarf fire calls. Twenty five years ago false alarms were half the number of fires, today false alarms significantly exceed the number of fires.
According to Nightline it costs $3,500 every time a fire truck pulls out of a fire station in Washington, DC (25 calls in a 24 hour shift is not uncommon so this adds up quickly). Moreover, most of the time the call is not for a fire but for a minor medical problem. In many cities, both fire trucks and ambulances respond to the same calls. The paramedics do a great job but it is hard to believe that this is an efficient way to deliver medical care and transportation.
In our district, paramedics don't often have the strength to deal with patients in their various positions--trapped in vehicles, on floors, etc. Firemen are called to those same calls because
I lived around the corner from an alcoholic diabetic (or something) who was always being picked up by an ambulance, once I went over to the firetruck and asked about why all these various vehicles and departments had to show up, he said that this guy was a routine that was costing about $30,000.00 dollars a year, just for his run of the mill pickups.
I've been on a few of those calls myself.
My daughter is a paramedic, but not a fire fighter. The reason they send the fire department is to break down the doors and provide back up if stuff needs lifting or clearing.
In a lot of communities the PM is a firefighter first.
And non firefighting paramedics get paid crap.
That isn’t the real reason, that is the excuse.
Thanks to all who responded to my question.
I was at my Oncologist for my Chemo Treatment a couple of weeks ago. There was a Patient there, an older Woman, who lost her balance walking to the Bathroom and ended up on her Butt.
No damage, just a little upset. My Doctor decided that it would best if she went to the ER just in case, thinking she needed some IV hydration.
He had his Staff call 911 for an Ambulance to transport her the 1/2 Mile to the Hospital, just an Ambulance. As I was leaving the Office ten minutes later, One Ambulance and Two Fire Trucks pulled in to the Parking Lot, Sirens blazing.
I counted at least eight Firemen and two Ambulance EMT’s.
My “Career” was Logistics Management, and this kind of wasted use of Resources drives me crazy. But then, it’s close enough for Government Work.
Not bashing Firefighters, just the lack of Resource Planning that we all have seen. Works for the Police as well. They chase a guy in an old Chevy Pickup down the Freeway and there are a dozen Police Cars right behind him. Absolutely nonsensical.
That was about $7,000.00 just for the firemen to drive up and do nothing.
Since firemen used to be volunteers, and so much of America still uses volunteers and private firms for firefighting, I wonder if they also adopted this union practice?
It only takes once.
We can play that card all the time and for everyone, why not post the photos of the roofers and taxi drivers, and construction workers and the soldiers who will die this week?
You’re beyond tiresome.
Beyond tiresome would be some DU like post of a guy who died 13 years ago, to shut down a discussion of government unions controlling big city politics and looting tax payer money.
“The average annual pension for a member of the city’s Bravest (fire person) who retired in 2010 was $89,177”
“Right now, we are paying full retirement benefits to people in their 40s, Mayor Bloomberg cautioned. As people are living longer, we simply cant afford to do it forever.
Our pension system is one of those areas where spending has grown to an unaffordable rate. And we simply have to find a way to rein it in.
City figures show cops and firefighters actually live longer than other municipal workers.
Uniformed city workers can start collecting after 20 years, while others have to wait until their normal retirement age.”
“An average 42-year-old male firefighter has a life expectancy of 81, according to mortality tables from the New York City Office of the Actuary. A 42-year-old cop can expect to live to 80.
Because many cops and firefighters retire in their 40s, that means they might collect 40 years of pension checks topping $2 million apiece.
In comparison, an average paper-pushing city clerk or traffic officer who is now 42 has a life expectancy of only 77.”
Shame he skewed the actuarial tables, eh sport?
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