And by "hot" stories I naturally mean stories about raging infernos, arson-by-Facebook and penises stuck in toasters.
The common denominator in all these types of stories is of course fire.
Fire fighters are highly trained individuals who selflessly risk their lives protecting their fellow citizens from conflagrations ranging from out of control camp fires to fully engulfed skyscrapers. Fire fighters are men and women who are blessed with an inordinate amount of courage and fearlessness
And, on occasion, Dumbassery.
There was a group of fire fighters in Washington going through some routine training exercises, staying on top of the latest in firefighting techniques and technology as well as sharpening their mad firefighting skillz.
Except this training exercise turned out to be anything but routine.
Sure the Fire Guys set some structure ablaze and went about dousing it with water.
Problem is that the flames were not being extinguished, they were getting bigger!
I am not now nor have I ever been a Professional Firefighter, although I have put out numerous camp fires and a few stove top skillet blazes. That being said, I'm pretty sure that this is not how things are supposed to go on a "routine fire fighting training exercise". It is therefore my Considered Professional Fearless Leader Camp Fire and Stove Top Blaze Putter-Outer Opinion that something was amiss here.
There are several reasons as to why I have reached this stunning conclusion:
- I am inclined to believe that when a contingent of Professional Fire Fighters set a structure on fire they are fairly confident that they will have minimal difficulty in bringing the blaze under control and eventually to a soggy conclusion.
- No matter how big a fire is, over the course of time water will eventually do to a fire what water in sufficient quantities will do to a fire - put it out.
- This brigade of Profesional Fire Fighters was actually spraying jet fuel on this fire!
Somewhere along the way there was a malfunction in some fire fighting equipment that caused jet fuel to be routed through the hose that water was supposed to be pumped through.
This is a very good explanation as to why this fire intensified.
In Professional Fire Fighting Circles this is known as "The Big Oopsie Daisy." Or "stoopid as fuck."