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(The Sun)   Vince the Dwarf is the world's smallest firefighter at just 4ft 2in tall. With Vince the Dwarf working his hose pic   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 58
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2011-12-20 12:28:49 AM
And if all else fails, they just toss him through a window to save someone.
 
2011-12-20 01:53:18 AM

FirstNationalBastard: And if all else fails, they just toss him through a window to save someone.


Nobody tosses a dwarf!
 
2011-12-20 01:54:06 AM
Stupid tag? Really?
 
2011-12-20 01:55:41 AM
Daddy I WANT an Oompa Loompa!!!
 
2011-12-20 01:58:46 AM
I don't understand the Stupid tag either.

How dare he achieve stuff?
 
2011-12-20 02:05:11 AM

redmond24: I don't understand the Stupid tag either.

How dare he achieve stuff?


Perhaps the lead photo could be seen as condescending, and making a mockery of his achievements?
 
2011-12-20 02:07:32 AM
It's like Rugbyjock doesn't even have to try anymore.
 
2011-12-20 02:07:48 AM
Hero tag more like it.
He has achieved more than some asshats with their full faculties have.
/Salute the little guy.
 
2011-12-20 02:10:34 AM
I wonder how much he can actually do on a fire scene. I don't imagine he can do much in terms of search and rescue. I imagine, given his training to be a nurse, he serves more of a medical purpose than anything else.
 
2011-12-20 02:11:27 AM

Enigmamf: redmond24: I don't understand the Stupid tag either.

How dare he achieve stuff?

Perhaps the lead photo could be seen as condescending, and making a mockery of his achievements?


What? LOL.

He's a dwarf. Should they shoop it and make him look taller?

Handicap people, disfigured people, many will tell you that the people that pretend to not notice are just as hurtful as the ones who stare.

"Never forget who you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." (new window)

What's stupid is the type right there in the first sentence.
 
2011-12-20 02:11:30 AM
Why do they all look so damned serious?
 
2011-12-20 02:12:24 AM

artthehypnotist: Hero tag more like it.
He has achieved more than some asshats with their full faculties have.
/Salute the little guy.


True, but to be honest, he's too short to man the fryers at the local fast food place, so that option's out.
 
2011-12-20 02:14:29 AM

Ed Willy: artthehypnotist: Hero tag more like it.
He has achieved more than some asshats with their full faculties have.
/Salute the little guy.

True, but to be honest, he's too short to man the fryers at the local fast food place, so that option's out.


There's a little person that works at the local Taco Cabana and is faster at putting the food together than his average-sized coworkers.
 
2011-12-20 02:14:33 AM
Only when we stop treating things like this as special will 'little people' be accepted.
 
2011-12-20 02:16:28 AM

Ed Willy: I wonder how much he can actually do on a fire scene. I don't imagine he can do much in terms of search and rescue. I imagine, given his training to be a nurse, he serves more of a medical purpose than anything else.


well, he'd probably last longer in a smoke filled room than most of us...

closer to the good air, less body weight so needs less air, but still has the skills and training of the rest of his team.
 
2011-12-20 02:17:55 AM
I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.
 
2011-12-20 02:18:25 AM
More importantly, why did the pictures give me a boner?
 
2011-12-20 02:18:51 AM

Smallberries: Ed Willy: I wonder how much he can actually do on a fire scene. I don't imagine he can do much in terms of search and rescue. I imagine, given his training to be a nurse, he serves more of a medical purpose than anything else.

well, he'd probably last longer in a smoke filled room than most of us...

closer to the good air, less body weight so needs less air, but still has the skills and training of the rest of his team.


He is strong for his size, I am sure in some situations that could be an asset, especially in search and rescue.
 
2011-12-20 02:19:51 AM

Ed Willy: I wonder how much he can actually do on a fire scene. I don't imagine he can do much in terms of search and rescue. I imagine, given his training to be a nurse, he serves more of a medical purpose than anything else.


More than most of us?

Plus he'd live longer in a smoke filled room
closer to the good air
needs less oxygen (less total mass)
Just as much training and skill as the other firemen

Given his stated strength I'd bet he could pull most of us out of a fire (the don't train you to carry people out anymore)

Plus, he'd look cute in orange body paint

(sorry couldn't help myself)
 
2011-12-20 02:22:31 AM

Goliath: It's like Rugbyjock doesn't even have to try anymore.


Is Rugbyjock still around? When I first started lurking, he was a big reason why I liked fark so much. I miss the funny weeners he brought to the party.
 
2011-12-20 02:23:15 AM

redmond24: Handicap people, disfigured people, many will tell you that the people that pretend to not notice are just as hurtful as the ones who stare.


Um, no. Not really.
 
2011-12-20 02:23:53 AM
The Daily Fail has a longer article (new window)

He's not passed the exams to be a fire fighter who goes into buildings yet, but he's apparently wicked strong and helps handle the hose, which is not easy. I have a friend who is a VFD who is 5'2, and she says being short is an asset in doing hose work. He also does extractions and cleans up after accidents.
 
2011-12-20 02:24:41 AM

turbidum: Goliath: It's like Rugbyjock doesn't even have to try anymore.

Is Rugbyjock still around? When I first started lurking, he was a big reason why I liked fark so much. I miss the funny weeners he brought to the party.


Speaking of lost Farkers, where has Adult Petting Zoo, aka APZ, gone?

(I did find out FLYNAVY was outed as a poser)
 
2011-12-20 02:25:11 AM
I don't think the guy in the article needs all you farkers white-squiring him.
 
2011-12-20 02:26:35 AM

silverblues: The Daily Fail has a longer article (new window)

He's not passed the exams to be a fire fighter who goes into buildings yet, but he's apparently wicked strong and helps handle the hose, which is not easy. I have a friend who is a VFD who is 5'2, and she says being short is an asset in doing hose work. He also does extractions and cleans up after accidents.


sorry I have to ask,

Did you manage to keep a strait face, or did she give you a black eye?

/I'd have gotten the black eye myself.
 
2011-12-20 02:28:58 AM
How is he supposed to carry my ass out assuming I'm unconscious from smoke and what not? Aside from that, I gotta give that man mad respect.
 
2011-12-20 02:29:32 AM

ThisNameSux: I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.


He can supposedly bench 19 stone.

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Never had a woman
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Doing all the things
Doing all the things you do

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Ain't no skin and bone

But you give it all you got
Weighing in at nineteen stone

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Whole Lotta Rosie
Whole lotta woman
Oh, whole lotta woman
 
2011-12-20 02:33:38 AM
I guess it's a good thing they have ladders on firetrucks.
 
2011-12-20 02:36:10 AM
He looks pretty pissed off to me. I would't Fark with him.
 
2011-12-20 02:37:25 AM

EyeBallStu: I guess it's a good thing they have ladders on firetrucks.


And booster seats

/I'm going to hell, it's just that simple
 
2011-12-20 02:38:24 AM

ThisNameSux: I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.


Cats and small dogs.

They get stuck up trees a lot.
 
2011-12-20 02:46:37 AM

Pallasch: How is he supposed to carry my ass out assuming I'm unconscious from smoke and what not? Aside from that, I gotta give that man mad respect.


FTFA: Tough Vince works out to keep fit for the demanding role and can bench press more than three times his 6st 3lb body weight.

He sounds pretty strong for a little dude.
You, however, sound fat.
 
2011-12-20 02:49:59 AM

GungFu: ThisNameSux: I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.

Cats and small dogs.

They get stuck up trees a lot.


Plus you got the ducklings, baseballs, and occasional children who fall into sewer drains...
 
2011-12-20 02:50:00 AM

redmond24: I don't understand the Stupid tag either.

How dare he achieve stuff?


As a person who says midget (ALOT), I too am offended by the stupid tag. I mean name aside, they can be extremely strong for size, and he'd still have to pass the fireman test.
 
2011-12-20 02:58:21 AM
I was a fireman - 10 stone and 5'9" - and the most I could lift and carry was a 15 stone man. This guy's way stronger than I was. It's all technique anyway. There's plenty of situations where small size is an advantage so I say good for him. So long as he's got the right attitude he'll be a unique asset to his crew.
 
2011-12-20 02:58:43 AM

Old-sour-pickle-chips: Why do they all look so damned serious?


To make a long story short they have little choice in the matter
 
2011-12-20 03:03:51 AM

Ed Willy: I wonder how much he can actually do on a fire scene. I don't imagine he can do much in terms of search and rescue. I imagine, given his training to be a nurse, he serves more of a medical purpose than anything else.


In my region of Canada where I work, the firefighters here are very multi-disciplinary. More than likely one of them is a paramedic or a nurse. It just might be the way things are going now for the fire service here. Having a paramedic diploma or a nursing degree pretty much shoes you into the fire service if you want to work there.

My current partner is a part-timer ALS medic in my service and full time firefighter. He says that when he's working as a firefighter, he is supremely bored. Most of their calls are medical in nature now. Sure we have some pretty bad car accidents around here, but the majority of their calls are for chest pain, shortness of breath, etc. Even though it's likely the medic or nurse on the truck attending their call, they can't do anything because all they carry is oxygen and the cardiac monitor (that can only be hooked up during VSA calls).

How does it work in the US? I know you guys have ambulances that are with the fire department, but do your fire trucks also carry a paramedic with all the drugs and etc., just without the transport ambulance? Do you guys have a tiered response or do you just have the one ambulance show up for a medical?

Not bashing firefighters, I do know one short one around 5'1 that could probably bench the average farker. It's kind of funny because when she's on scene with us and we do a stretcher lift, she literally disappears behind the stretcher. (Ferno 35x if any medical personnel wonder why our stretcher goes so damn high).

I'd love to see that guy on-scene, or if he can exert any technical rescue for his size. Can he drive the truck? Just askin'
 
2011-12-20 03:05:02 AM

ThisNameSux: I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.


Link? (new window)
 
2011-12-20 03:12:33 AM
I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.

Says he can lift 19 stone (266 lbs for people without a calculator) doesn't sound like he's getting a pass to me. What it says about you that you jumped to this conclusion though...

Ed Willy: I wonder how much he can actually do on a fire scene. I don't imagine he can do much in terms of search and rescue. I imagine, given his training to be a nurse, he serves more of a medical purpose than anything else.

hmmm.... someone short who gets better air, needs less air, fits through small holes, is stronger than most regular sized people, and has medical training.... nope, can't see how that could possibly be helpful in terms of search and rescue at all.

What's stupid is the type right there in the first sentence.
First line in the article says "DWARF Vince Brasco is the world's smallest firefighter at just 4ft 2in tall."

Not sure what is stupid about that unless you are referring to the capslock on 'dwarf'.
 
2011-12-20 03:34:03 AM

ThisNameSux: I thought firemen had to be able to carry a person or a certain weight or so much equipment to be a firefighter? How does this little bastard get a pass? Farking paint him white and let him be the mascot.


He's a volunteer, there is no way he could pass a standard physical exam for a professional firefighter. I'd love to see him drag a 2 1/2" hoseline or throw a 24 foot ladder. He couldn't even reach the ladder to lift it off the truck.
 
2011-12-20 03:51:50 AM
sure seems to have his Grrr face down pat

GRRRR - oh sorry - grrrrrr
 
2011-12-20 03:53:04 AM
Can Vince carry an adult out of a burning building? That's the question. I don't care whether a firefighter is gay or straight, male or female, dwarf or full-grown. I care that firefighters can rescue people who would otherwise die a horrible death.
 
2011-12-20 04:01:07 AM
Nogale Can Vince carry an adult out of a burning building? That's the question. I don't care whether a firefighter is gay or straight, male or female, dwarf or full-grown. I care that firefighters can rescue people who would otherwise die a horrible death.

Article says he can lift 19 stone. So it would need at least two of him to lift an average-sized American.
 
2011-12-20 04:21:35 AM
It isn't like there a shortage of small fires in the lower parts of the city.
 
2011-12-20 04:37:01 AM
Know how I know several of you didn't RTFA?

/Over 250 lbs? Hot damn!
//I'd let him bench press me
///Giggity
 
2011-12-20 10:01:15 AM
The amount the story has him bench pressing sounds like BS, but if not, good on him.
 
2011-12-20 10:01:16 AM
Crazy iron belt people trying to save stones from fires... you're just going to throw them in one, anyway!
 
2011-12-20 11:05:15 AM
Vince, huh? From looking at the pictures I knew he wasn't Happy, but I didn't expect Vince.
 
2011-12-20 11:28:21 AM
i141.photobucket.com
 
2011-12-20 11:45:56 AM
says hes 4'2 which isnt really that short. my mom is 5 nothing. im about 5"7' and feel like a dwarf anyways. guy can bench alot though, short arms helpsfor benching though.

what is the minimum height for dwarf anyway. im sure hes close as a few more inches would probably remove that classification.

also any dwarf farkettes feel free to message me. if got a thing for that thing. and no its not some weird pseudo pedo thing.
 
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