Prolific Blogger Firefighter Wayne Hangs It Up

Firefighter Wayne author of Firefighter has filed his last blog.

Firefighter Wayne served on the Detroit Fire Department from 1962 to 1998, 36 years. The stated goal of his blog was to “Promote The History Of Firefighting” and he did by posting interesting stories of historic fires and fire service trivia. I aliked Wayne’s style, often caps locked with a straight forward delivery. The cache will always remain indexed on the search engines so Wayne’s works will be recorded for all time. Thanks Wayne, God bless.

Wayne posted 435 entries, nearly one per day beginning in October 2005.

Some gems from Wayne’s site.

“DO YOU KNOW

SOME OLD TIME BOSSES HID PENNIES UNDER THE FENDERS OF THEIR RIG TO SEE IF THE DRIVER WASHED UNDER THERE.
ALSO THEY PUT THEM ON WINDOW AND DOOR LEDGES AND ON LOCKER TOPS TO TEST IF THE MEN DUSTED THERE

DO YOU KNOW
IN THE EARLY DAYS, IN SOME COMMUNITIES, TO GET ON THEIR FIRE DEPARTMENT
YOU DIDN’T: HAVE TO TAKE A PHYSICAL
FILL OUT AN APPLICATION
HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK
TAKE A WRITTEN TEST
YOU DID:
HAVE TO BE BETWEEN 21 & 35 YEARS OLD
HAVE TO MEET WITH THE CHIEF( IF HE DEEMED YOU CAPABLE OF DOING THE JOB, YOU WERE HIRED.
NOTE: ONE FACTOR WAS YOU HAD TO BE FIT ENOUGH TO SERVE IN THE ARMY

DO YOU KNOW

THE FIRST HOOK AND LADDER TRUCK THAT FORT WORTH TEXAS BOUGHT WAS SHIPPED BY TRAIN TO DALLAS.
IT WAS THEN PULLED BY VOLUNTEER FIREMEN 40 MILES TO FORT WORTH.
THE THINKING OF A TRUCK RATHER THEN A PUMPER WAS TO PULL DOWN THE SURROUNDING STRUCTURES RATHER THEN TRY TO EXTINGUISH THE ONE ON FIRE.

DO YOU KNOW

IN SOME COMMUNITIES, THEY HAD MANY OF ITS TOWNS FOLKS THAT OWNED HORSES.
RATHER THEN HAVING THEIR DEPARTMENT OWNING OR RENTING HORSES FROM A STABLE,WOULD USE SOME OF THE TOWNS FOLKS HORSES AS THEY RESPONDED TO THE FIREHOUSE FOR AN ALARM.

DO YOU KNOW

WHAT IS “SKY JELLO”
PINK FIRE RETARDANT CHEMICAL THAT IS DROPPED FROM PLANES ON A FOREST FIRE

DO YOU KNOW

THAT SOME OF THE EARLY FIRE ENGINES , THAT HAD BOOSTER TANKS WERE KEPT IN UNHEATED GARAGES.
THEREFORE THE TANKS WERE KEPT EMPTY IN THE WINTER AND HAD TO BE QUICKLY FILLED UPON AN ALARM OF FIRE.”