Posted by: The Amoeba | August 3, 2009

Fire Department – Reimagined for Today

She: I just saw something weird.

He: An honest politician running for city council?

She: No such luck. It was a fire truck going down the street.

He: That’s weird?

She: No – but the people running for their lives from it was.

He: I guess you haven’t heard then. They’re paying the price for professionalism.

She: Huh?

He: You remember – fire departments were all volunteer, once upon a time. All the firefighters were shopowners, or clerks, or whatnot, and they’d all be out of jobs if their places burned down, so they cooperated to fight fires. Then, later, they started hiring people to fight the fires for them. Professionals. With houses, kids, mortgages, insurance bills. Well, that was fine when the economy was. The economy ain’t fine no more, and the good citizens of the city can’t afford the professional firefighters no more. But they still have to support those houses and kids. So, they’ve subcontracted.

She: Subcontracted?

He: Yep. Now, for a fee, they’ll drive up to your house, surround the place so you can’t run away, get out their megaphones and yell YOU’RE FIRED! And if you get hot about it, they’ll turn the hoses on you.

She: So you can be home and hosed? Lovely. But I suppose that explains why all the women on the truck were wearing …

He: Pink slips?

She: Yeah. Those.

  – O Ceallaigh
Copyright © 2009 Felloffatruck Publications. All wrongs deplored.
All opinions are mine as a private citizen.



  1. All I can do is laugh at this one 🙂

  2. I’m with Thom… nothing to do but laugh.

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