10/01/11 565 W - + 7 - 6 Firefighting Lingo

For your Saturday enjoyment, here's a starter list of fire service acronyms, lingo, and idioms (expressions). What would you add? What are your favorites? Let's just keep the more morbid ones to ourselves...


Here in northern Illinois another term for hand jacking supply lines is “skulldrag”. Back in the 40s and 50s many of our personnel and officers were ex-USN firefighters or ex-Marines. The term may originate there. (The term “ex-Marine” was perfectly acceptable prior to November of 1963 when Lee Harvey Oswald went off his nut and shot Kennedy.
Tom (Email) - 06/23/17 - 23:29

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