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(WFLA Tampa Bay)   You might think living across the street from a Fire Station is a big pain in the ass with the sirens all night, and dalmatians, and drills even when there's no emergency, but not when your house is on fire   (wfla.com) divider line
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2022-06-29 2:55:36 PM  
I live just up the street from a fire station.  We have a monitored alarm system which includes a smoke detector.

A couple weeks ago I was out mowing the front lawn when a fire engine rolls up with lights and sirens going.  Firemen hop out and tell me they got an alarm company dispatch for fire at my address.

We rush inside, and everything's fine.  NONE of the smoke alarms are going off, although the alarm panel indicates one did go off a 3 minutes ago and then immediately stop.  No evidence of smoke/heat/fire at all.  We all rummage around a bit, can't find anything wrong.  I apologize profusely to the firemen, and they say they'd rather have 100 false alarms than one real one, especially since it was a very hot day and fighting an actual fire would have been a miserable experience.

All the firemen were very gracious and kind, and I definitely appreciate having them so close in the event we ever actually need them.
 
2022-06-29 3:05:07 PM  
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2022-06-29 3:19:04 PM  
A saw a car crash in downtown Atlanta late one night.  A car ran a red light and hit a car with four teenagers in it.  Very hard hit but could have been much worse.  The good news was it was right in front of a fire station.  They heard the crash and were headed to the crash before other people were able to get to the firehouse house door.  We were able to tell them the status of the six people who were hurt as they were running out, first aid in progress within 30 seconds.  Call for backup went out almost immediately.  Amazing to watch them in action.
 
2022-06-29 3:20:14 PM  
Given the details in the story, I'd probably still think it wasn't worth it.
 
2022-06-29 3:21:30 PM  
Buried lede: "cats missing"

/ I suspect the above mentioned dalmatians
 
2022-06-29 3:23:21 PM  
When the fire station is next to the police station...

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2022-06-29 3:24:14 PM  
I used to live just across the street from one of the busiest fire stations on the eastern seaboard in Boston.  Honestly after the first few weeks, you just start tuning it out.  Unless you're trying to listen to something very intently, you don't even notice it.
 
2022-06-29 3:26:10 PM  

abbarach: I live just up the street from a fire station.  We have a monitored alarm system which includes a smoke detector.

A couple weeks ago I was out mowing the front lawn when a fire engine rolls up with lights and sirens going.  Firemen hop out and tell me they got an alarm company dispatch for fire at my address.

We rush inside, and everything's fine.  NONE of the smoke alarms are going off, although the alarm panel indicates one did go off a 3 minutes ago and then immediately stop.  No evidence of smoke/heat/fire at all.  We all rummage around a bit, can't find anything wrong.  I apologize profusely to the firemen, and they say they'd rather have 100 false alarms than one real one, especially since it was a very hot day and fighting an actual fire would have been a miserable experience.

All the firemen were very gracious and kind, and I definitely appreciate having them so close in the event we ever actually need them.


In my experiences, with lots of fire departments, firefighters are generally pretty laid back nice people who will gladly jump on any excuses to get out of the firehouse
 
2022-06-29 3:49:49 PM  
Growing up, there was an abandoned house two doors down from the fire station. Old shiatty place literally used as the neighborhood haunted house.  Looked like something out of a movie.  One day it caught fire. No big deal, except the lot between the fire station and the haunted house was... a gas station. They were all over that shiat. We ended up with an eve worse eyesore which was now no longer safe to use as a seasonal showpiece.
 
2022-06-29 3:53:52 PM  

abbarach: I live just up the street from a fire station.  We have a monitored alarm system which includes a smoke detector.

A couple weeks ago I was out mowing the front lawn when a fire engine rolls up with lights and sirens going.  Firemen hop out and tell me they got an alarm company dispatch for fire at my address.

We rush inside, and everything's fine.  NONE of the smoke alarms are going off, although the alarm panel indicates one did go off a 3 minutes ago and then immediately stop.  No evidence of smoke/heat/fire at all.  We all rummage around a bit, can't find anything wrong.  I apologize profusely to the firemen, and they say they'd rather have 100 false alarms than one real one, especially since it was a very hot day and fighting an actual fire would have been a miserable experience.

All the firemen were very gracious and kind, and I definitely appreciate having them so close in the event we ever actually need them.


They say that the first couple times...  :D

Back in the day, there was a semi-stray cat that hung out at the office.  If the last person out forgot to put him out, he'd wake up at 4am and start wandering around looking for someone to let him out.  Couldn't just snooze a couple more hours until the morning crew came in.  So he'd set off the motion sensors and the cops would respond to the alarm.  We got one free false alarm per year.  I think we averaged a grand a year because of that cat.
 
2022-06-29 4:05:31 PM  
I used to live in a complex next to a police station and a couple of blocks from the firehouse.  It becomes part of the city ambience and it was actually great.  Same when you live next to a military airport with jets and P-3s, although it does screw up your hearing after a while, and not being able to hear the TV sucks until you get a headset.
 
2022-06-29 5:04:50 PM  
DNRTFA

But Florida tag?  Living near a fire station is the bestest shiat ever when a hurricane knocks out power to a 7+ county swath.  At least if you're on the same sub-grid, that is. Restoring that sub-grid is a priority.

After going through the eye of Wilma i was without power for 10 days.  After 72 hours it starts being a REAL pain in the ass.  After 5 days it REALLLLLY starts to suck.  That 8th day of cold showers can straight up go fark itself.

Glad I had a little propane camp stove to make coffee every day (day 1 I was an apartment complex HE-ro) and cook food.
 
2022-06-29 5:04:54 PM  
A year or so ago there was a fire in a vacant house, supposedly used by homeless, dopers, etc. Firemen and law enforcement went through immediately after fire was extinguished. "All good here!" was proclaimed.

Several days later on a subsequent go-through, a woman's corpse was revealed in a pile of blankets. I would have thought that that pile had to have been poked at, stomped on, hosed, etc.

Not long after that event, a similar occurrence and a similar lack of professionalism  was displayed.
 
2022-06-29 8:03:30 PM  
The place I lived in before my current place was pretty much next door to both a police and fire stations. The fire station was about 100 yards away so we were spared the worst of the noise. There were a pair of ambulances based out of that station which ended up being handy the time Mom had to go to the hospital. Had a less than 10 minute response time to the 911 call.
 
2022-06-29 9:09:28 PM  
I live just down the road from the rural fire station. When I fell off my horse and suffered a head injury, the firies were already there by the time I regained consciousness. 10/10
 
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