up in smoke

Occasionally I have read about in the paper or driven by someplace where a rural Fire Department is conducting a live training exercise. This is where some condemned, wood-frame, single family dwelling, long-ago abandoned (except by pigeons and vermin) gets torched so that local public servants are better prepared in case a real fire occurs in their district. I see a problem though. Most fires in these areas take place in mobile homes which the fire department is inadequately trained to handle. Most mobile home tenants cook with real lard which burns with a vengeance as anyone who has mishandled a deep-fryer will know. Also many trailers are inhabited by NRA members and hunters who stockpile large amounts of ammunition along with dynamite for stump removal or illegal fishing. Proper training should include a smell test to detect the odor of fried chicken before proceeding and the use of full body armor suits.

Or they could just let them burn.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to up in smoke

  1. sidelobe says:

    I resemble that remark.
    I’ve heard that mobile homes will go up in a flash. Pouf. Not much worth saving by the time the FD gets there. They’d probably be better off bringing weenies and beer than hoses.
    I have a great deal of respect for firefellas. Well, most of ’em. And, what could possibly be more fun than torching a pile of tires and trying to put it out? Toss a lawn mower gas can or a box of shells in there just to spice it up a bit.

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