When Dave shared episode 1 of the hilarious “Hosed”, some squirrels took offense.
Allow me to indulge in a brief op-ed post about volunteers and self-perception.
Last week, Dave Statter posted the video of episode 1 on “Hosed”, a comedic look at figures in a fake volunteer fire department in a suggestively fictional New England community. I laughed till I almost cried, it was so well done. Is it a little bit irreverent? Yes, but it is a parody of its predecessors. Knowing the high caliber of reading comprehension among Dave’s commenting readers, as well as Facebook fans, I was curious to see how long it would last before someone got their knickers in a knot.
I only had to wait mere seconds.
Justin Kennedy: As a volunteer, I take a lot of offense to that video. My department is very professional, and that is far from the truth.
Z says: ok…this show will suck….I could see if they made a show about the serious volunteers and throw some comedy into it like the real world of firefighting….but straight up stupidity like this is uncalled for. Make a real show on volunteer firefighters, that actually has alot of firefighter action and accidents and less sex
Matthew Iverson: i think this vidio is compleate bullshit it make us look bad
Kennedy says: As a volunteer, I take a lot of offense to that video. My department is very professional, and that is far from the truth.
Travis Brown: This is a disgrace to firefighting absolutely uncalled for
My Oh My says: Pennsytukky…..why not MARYurcuznLAND. I think it resembled you south of the border inbredded paid department rejects a little more than up here. You guys really know how to toot your own horn, but hey, if nobody else gives a hoot about you, you might as well blow away. (That was just more satire, don’t be offended, just laugh at yourselves with the rest of us)
John Rose: This is crap. you can put any kind of spin on it you want and it is still crap.
Rob in Alabama says: I’m so tired of the bad rep for volunteer departments. Last house fire we had, I was there in 4 minutes, two trucks with 3500 gallons in 6 minutes and water on the fire in 10 minutes. I’m a professional firefighter that doesn’t get paid. BTW the clip was funny.
Hoyt Huckabee: yes from the outside looking in this can be funny but the bad thing is some fire depts are actually like this. Personally i take offense to this because my fire dept is nothing like this and this video gives all vol. fireman a bad rep! volunteer or paid we should all be professional!!
You get the point.
So after following such well written comments I asked myself, ‘Self, does this video offend you as a former volunteer firefighter and officer?’ And self said ‘Hell no.’
I pondered this dilemma a bit more to see what does offend me and quickly found the following.
I’m offended that some firefighters commit arson.
I’m offended that some firefighters are child predators.
I’m offended when I see pictures of firefighters, officers and chief officers with their gut so large they can barely fasten their SCBA waist strap, much less their running coat.
I’m offended when I hear a chief officer say “I don’t believe in ‘teaching fire’; it’s something that must be learned on the call.”
I’m offended when I see the aerial thrown to the roof of a 1-story private dwelling and all the ground ladders are still in the bed.
I’m offended when I see an entire truck company on the roof and only one guy has a hook.
I’m offended when I see a lineman grab the nozzle and run, leaving a pile of hose dumped on the ground by the wagon.
I’m offended when I see the same recommendations listed over and over again in line of duty death investigations.
I’m offended when I see gimmicks being sold at FRI, FDIC and Expo in the name of your safety and the deaths of others.
I’m offended when the last time a firefighter tells me his company did a walk-through was more than six months ago.
I’m offended that firefighters throw out “EGH” as much as Egyptians have been flashing the V for victory sign lately.
I’m offended that firefighters can die while drag racing and still be given an LODD listing.
I’m offended when I see out of shape firefighters bemoan the rate of LODDs while taking no action to improve their own health.
So, you’re offended by a comical video? I bet you’ll be curled up in your 9/11 memorial t-shirt with the tissues as the credits of the final episode of “Rescue Me” scroll upwards too.
I guess the truth does hurt.
All comments must include your name or the name of your department. Either one, it makes no difference. If you don’t, well we can do nothing for you.