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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.

About Christian Rue

Christian is married to Masshole Mommy. A Massachusetts native, he's happy to still be living here, but he also enjoyed living in several states & two other countries during his 20 years in the Air Force. These days, in addition to being a retired Air Force firefighter, he works for our fine government as an accountant. Chris loves movies, reading, comedy and spending time with his family.


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  19 Responses to “Fire House “Probie” Pranks”

  1. Sounds like fun times for sure and thank you for sharing with us!!

  2. Just maybe the guy that hid from you enjoyed the peace and quite and the joke was on you… LOL… just sayin!

  3. These are great pranks. I imagine a group of visitors witnessing the guys practicing their drop and roll technique. lol I like that these aren’t too humiliating either….:)

  4. Hahaha… I can’t believe they really would look for Tidal Waves!

  5. People can be so gullible 🙂 Sounds like you have some great stories!

  6. LMAO at people screaming at the Fire Chief- that’s awesome!

  7. The stop, drop, & roll thing would be hilarious!

  8. Haha that is hilarious!!

  9. Ok I am a wee bit concerned that they would look for tidal waves in a land locked state, and us to depend on them to be smart enough to save our homes and lives.. umm yeah. As a wife to a 15 yr veteran vollie FF I won’t tell the stuff they pulled. Let’s just say skivvies up the flagpole happened wayyyy too often.

  10. Tidal waves in Missouri? Good one LOL!!

  11. Oh Chris, you are mean, mean. You had me at “Probies” because in my high school years I tried out to join the Pep Club of marching gals, as it were, and when on the LIST you were a Probie! Ya, I had to do many silly things. I did make the cut, thank goodness!

    I loved the screaming at the Chief the most! LOL

  12. Can you imagine that poor chief getting yelled at over and over by the newbies? He’s probably wondering wft is up with these guys lol. Hilarious pranks!

  13. I would hate to be one of the newbies.

  14. Haha! All of them are pretty funny.

  15. OMGosh an hour, that is too funny!

  16. HAHAHA Meanies

  17. Did anyone ever call you out on this?! Did they get an even worse prank pulled?

  18. Love the stop, drop and roll one! Hilarious!