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Firematic Quotes and Humor

The funny thing about firemen is, night and day, they are always firemen. 
~ Ronald Bartel, Backdraft

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.
~Chief of Department Edward Croker, FDNY 1899-1911

 Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. Which one are you?


Our goal is PERFECTION but we settle for EXCELLENCE


Who's in your wallet?
~Chief Billy Goldfeder

 You cannot run your firehouse like a 3 ring circus and then the tones go off and expect it to operate like the Marine Crops. It isn’t gonna work.
~Chief Billy Goldfeder


Risk a lot to save a lot. Risk little to save little.
Risk nothing to save nothing.
~Chief Billy Goldfeder


"Safety First" is "Safety Always."
~Charles M. Hayes


Better a 100 times careful than once dead.
~Mark Twain


A firefighter without a tool and proper PPE is only an informed citizen.


We are the last stop for Mrs. Smith when her kitchen is burning…there ain’t no 9-1-2.
~Chief Alan Brunacini, Phoenix Fire Dept. (ret.)


Prevent harm. Survive. Be nice.
~Mission Statement; Phoenix Fire Department


There is no substitute for knowledge.
~W. Edwards Deming


A good firefighter knows how. An educated firefighter knows why.
~Gary Slusser, West Pittston Volunteer Fire Department


Every day is a training day.
~Captain Gordon Graham


Let no man's ghost return to say his training let him down. 


A certificate does not make you certified.
Attitude, performance, commitment to self and team;
These and a certificate make you certified.


 Change is inevitable (except from a vending machine)
~ Robert C. Gallagher


To a truckie there are only two types of glass:
glass that is broken and glass that is about to be broken.
~Dave Houseal, Harrisburg Fire Dept (Ret.)

Work smarter, not harder

The very worst fire plan is no plan. 
The next worse is two plans. 


Chief Has Arrived On Scene


Q: Why do truckies cut holes in the roof?

A: To see what the real firemen are doing.

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