Hi Masshole Mommy readers! Chris here again with another Fire Fighter experience.
This time it is about the “Probies” – otherwise known as brand new fire fighters. These are people fresh out of the academy and eager to learn and even more eager to please.
So to put these probies in their place and initiate them into the fire department, we have them do tasks. One that we did was wait for it to start pouring (and I mean really coming down), then we stick the probies outside on the roof with a pair of binoculars. We told them to look for tidal waves and you should know that at the time, we were in Missouri.
Here is another good one that they fell for every time: You have all heard of the “stop, drop and roll” advice, right? Well, we would tell them that they have to practice it everyday for an hour, so you would see these guys rolling around the fire station like that everyday.
Another one they fell for every time was that we would tell them that the Fire Chief is going deaf and refuses to wear a hearing aid, so every time they had to talk to him they would have to scream.
Sometimes we could get the new guy to play hide and seek in the fire station, but we would never go looking for them. The record time for the longest time someone stayed hidden was a little over an hour.
The joy of it is that you get to keep doing the same jokes on the new people who come in year after year.