The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen.
~Gregory Widen, Backdraft
I've had tons of odd jobs, but I think that I would probably be a fireman because you get to see the results of your job. You get there and there is a house on fire. You leave and there's not a fire anymore.
When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.
~Edward F. Croker
I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives.
~Edward F. Croker
If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out?
~John Godfrey Saxe
I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.
Seems to me the basic conflict between men and women, sexually, is that men are like firemen. To men, sex is an emergency, and no matter what we're doing we can be ready in two minutes. Women, on the other hand, are like fire. They're very exciting, but the conditions have to be exactly right for it to occur.
My sons think it's a fireman's pole, but I forgot to cut a hole through the ground into the kitchen.
When fire is cried and danger is neigh,
"God and the firemen" is the people's cry;
But when 'tis out and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the firemen slighted.
~Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct 1879
But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger's frown.
~Frederic G.W. Fenn, "Ode to our Firemen," 1878
All men are created equal, then a few become firemen.
Firefighters save hearts and homes.
Firemen: your worst day is our everyday.
~Michael Perry, volunteer firefighter from Wisconsin, as quoted in Into the Fire, a documentary presented by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and directed by Bill Couturié
Firefighters are hot stuff!
Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over.
If you think it's tough being a firefighter, try being a firefighter's wife.
What you call a hero, I call just doing my job.
Firefighting - one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.
Volunteer firemen do it for free!
The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
~Henry David Thoreau
Let no man's ghost return to say his training let him down.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
~Bible, John 15:13
Firefighting is all about ass - busting ours to save yours.
You might be a firefighter if your kids are afraid to get into water fights with you.
What is a firefighter?
He's the guy next door....
He's a guy like you and me with warts and worries and unfulfilled dreams.
Yet he stands taller than most of us.
He's a fireman....
A fireman is at once the most fortunate and the least fortunate of men.
He's a man who saves lives because he has seen too much death.
He's a gentle man because he has seen the awesome power of violence out of control.
He's responsive to a child's laughter because his arms have held too many small bodies that will never laugh again....
He doesn't preach the brotherhood of man.
He lives it.
You might be a fireman if you've ever said, "she's hot tonight" and not been talking about a girl.
You might be a firefighter if you've ever smoked and there wasn't a cigarette in sight.
Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.
~Susan Diane Murphree
So as you look at the firefighter with his rake, hose or axe,
His beet red face or ice covered mustache,
You should know why he goes through that smoky front door,
And is forced to crawl like a baby down on the floor.
He does it to save both lives and property,
All that is precious to you and to me.
So take a good look at this modern warrior who serves his call proud and true,
And know that he would die just to save me and you.
~Robert J. Athans
You might be a firefighter if "climbing the corporate ladder" has nothing to do with career advancement.
You might be a firefighter if the microwave goes off and you run out of the house thinking it was your pager.
Backdraft has the right-of-way.
You have to do something in your life that is honorable and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself, and for the firefighter it is fire.
When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the fire.
You know you're a firefighter when you really think that rusty old hydrant looks good in the garden.
You might be a firefighter if you had to extricate someone by cutting the car doors off on one side and realized there was nothing wrong with the doors on the other side.
The very worst fire plan is no plan. The next worse is two plans.
Never fight fire from ego.
Have cognition before ignition.
Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it. The reason? Because he alone has learned to put it out.
~Henry Jackson Vandyke, Jr.
Fire is the best of servants; but what a master!
Whatever the Americans are proud of - whatever they consider to be particularly good, useful, brilliant, or characteristic of themselves or their climate, they designate, half in jest, though scarcely half in earnest, as an "institution." Thus the memory of George Washington... is an institution; the Falls of Niagara are an institution; the Plymouth Rock, on which the Pilgrim father first set foot, is an institution...; "Sweet potatoes" are an institution, and Pumpkin (or Punkin) pie is an institution; ...squash is an institution; Bunker Hill is an institution; and the firemen of New York are a great institution.
~Charles Mackay, Life and Liberty in America, 1850
Fires all go out eventually.
Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety.
For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.
Safety doesn't happen by accident.
If crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight?
"Safety First" is "Safety Always."
~Charles M. Hayes
Better a thousand times careful than once dead.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!