“My husband is on life support. As it has become very noisy, I wanted to know if I can unplug it for the night? », » « How much would it cost for an ambulance from your place to pick us up on Sunday morning, around 7 am, at the exit of the Macumba? »… These are the kind of pearls of firefighters that the profession may hear. But while firefighters are everyday superheroes, there’s a lot we don’t know about their profession. Zéparti for a top all fire all flame.
1. The name “firefighter” comes from the Middle Ages
You may have wondered one day with your common sense why firefighters are sometimes called “firefighters”? Well, we have to take a little trip to the Middle Ages. Fortunately, the firefighters were already on the perimeter and they often had to break down the houses around the burnt area to prevent the fire from spreading. It was then said that they were undermining the walls (the word designates the fact of attacking the base of something to make it collapse), hence the name “firefighter” which will become official in 1811.
Yes, because in 1810 a fire ravaged the Austrian Embassy in Paris, and Napoleon I, who was not half a fool, thought that it would be really clever to create the first professional corps of firefighters. What a man.
2. There are professional firefighters AND volunteer firefighters
As you can imagine, pro firefighters have a salary (wow, but too much generosity). There are also volunteer firefighters who have a job on the side, but must perform a certain number of hours on duty either at the barracks or at home. They are also paid between 8 and 12 euros per hour and an additional euro per hour of on-call duty.
3. Firefighters have been around for a long time.
You have certainly been told about the origin of the word “firefighter”, but the concept of organized firefighting already existed in antiquity. One could find in Strike for example manual pumps (with the limited effectiveness) before Rome does not create its first brigade of firefighters whose tools were a little better finished. We already used the technique of destruction by using catapults to destroy the houses before they caught fire. But hey, imagine the Romans who went away for the weekend and found their house in pieces just because there was a chimney fire 30 meters away. A LITTLE BALLS ME I TELL YOU.
4. Fires represent only 8% of interventions
Admittedly, we know them mainly for that, but firefighters also intervene for first aid, the rescue of animals (we will come back to this subject), humans of course and also in the event of natural disasters. On the other hand, firefighters have plenty of tips for getting out of a fire unscathed and we had better follow them.
5. Not all firefighters are military
Basically the firefighters (professionals, of course) are territorial civil servants, but some are military like the Brigade of the Firefighters of Paris and the sailors of Marseilles.
6. Some interventions are now chargeable…
We all know the funny story of the cat stuck in a tree like a dumbass (how stupid are cats, I sometimes wonder if it’s not salmon croquettes) and this nice granny who calls the firefighters to save her tomcat (which is not hers, but which she had planned to eat at barbeuc for dinner). Well since 1996, these interventions have paid off. Ditto for dislodging a wasp or hornet nest or even unlocking an elevator. Prices vary from one department to another; if you have the invaluable chance of living in Maine-et-Loire, your cunt cat can be “saved” for free (the whole thing is to know if he really deserves it).
7. …but it’s not to make a fool of yourself
The proof, in some departments, the invoicing is paid directly to the public treasury. The important thing is above all to calm people who call the fire brigade for anything and everything, while other specialized professions can intervene for these situations. This is why the prices applied must be higher than the specialized craftsmen in order not to make them unfair competition (really too nice these pomplards). In any case, do not worry, we will warn you before the intervention that it is chargeable as well as the price.
8. The phrase “smoke like a firefighter” has nothing to do with firefighters being big bums.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, it has been common to say of a rakli which burns stem on stem that it smokes like a fireman. But don’t think firefighters are addicted to nicotine. The origin of the expression is quite different! During their interventions, they smeared grease on their leather coats, as this reduced the heat felt. From then on, firefighters had a tendency to smoke, literally. Incredibly mind-blowing information, isn’t it?
Also, never confuse the expression “smoke like a fireman” with “pump like a manure”. Because it has nothing to do.
9. Fire trucks aren’t red by chance.
There’s nothing redder than a fire truck, but it wasn’t always that way. In the 17th century, carts (yes, because at the time the truck had not yet been invented) were green and black. In fact the red comes from our friends across the Channel who simply noticed that the vermilion red fire engines were more conspicuous, so they also repainted their vehicles the same color and as we started to import their From the 19th century, everything was copied from them.
10. There is about a firefighter intervention every 6 seconds