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Video: "Firefighters make me sick" News

February 8, 2013

EMS News in Focus
by Arthur Hsieh

Video: "Firefighters make me sick"

Footage of a resident expressing his anger at firefighters show how we all have a bullseye on our back

By Arthur Hsieh

Statter911 points us to this video of a man saying his local fire department makes him "sick."

The man records firefighters using an aerial ladder in what appears to be training or testing, while he says "the diesel fumes are blowing in my direction. They're making me sick! They pull this crap on a regular basis."

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After I said a few choice words myself, I looked at the video again and tried not to shoot the messenger and instead listened to the message.

There's probably a reason why the company performed its training at the  location. In fact, there's probably a few — although we'll never know because the videographer never went over to talk with the company.

If there was a discussion, perhaps dialogue would have resolved the issue.

On the other hand, maybe there was discussion earlier, but we won't know that either.

Bottom line — remember that we leave a huge footprint anywhere we go. Imagining that there is a bullseye painted on your back or on your unit will remind you that you are a target, whether you want to be or not.

About the author

EMS1 Editorial Advisor Art Hsieh, MA, NREMT-P currently teaches at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. Since 1982, Art has worked as a line medic and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook author, has presented at conferences nationwide, and continues to provide patient care at an EMS service in Northern California. Contact Art at
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Charlene Mcdonald Charlene Mcdonald Friday, February 08, 2013 2:19:03 PM what a douch bag, if you need to practice something , why not practice in a place your most likely to be used. one day he'll need the fire department, and he'll have to eat hose words.
Cindy S. LeDonne Cindy S. LeDonne Saturday, February 09, 2013 6:36:18 AM A reasonable human being would have walked over and talked with the crew. Instead, this guy had to use foul language to complain while doing nothing to try to make a change. His concerns are valid, his methods are NOT.
Steve Acciarito Steve Acciarito Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:05:33 AM Probably a guy who couldn't make it through the FD hiring process. So now he holds a grudge against anything that they do. It must be tough for him to go to his lumber yard delivery driver job seeing what he could have been.
Mike Pepper Mike Pepper Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:06:14 AM I tell you what you jersey jerk off, when your house catches on fire we'll be sure to go somewhere else so we don't contaminate your house with diesel fumes! you moron!
Kevin Bearor Kevin Bearor Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:09:03 AM Lets see what happens if he ever need them to respond to his house will he bitch them too.
A.j. Peterson A.j. Peterson Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:09:28 AM Welcome to the new America, where the working people of the civil servant world are the bad guys since they've all, but done away with good jobs in the private sector! I work for a city water dept. and we get beat up when we flush hydrants, and make upgrades to our system. By the way, I worked in the private sector until I couldn't afford the cuts, and the strain of trying to run an honest plumbing business.
Andrew Parks Andrew Parks Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:13:16 AM really buddy how stupid can you be I bet your the same kind of people that bitch and moan because an ambulance took to lomg to get to you or your family they are doing they job one of these days you might need them so you may not want to bash the local fire department.
Steve Kunka Steve Kunka Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:16:10 AM what a douchebag, I bet he wont talk that way when his house is on fire or someone in his household needs the fire department. Whatta douchebag. If I was the fire Department in that area, I would find out where he lives and not show up if he needs the fire department. He probably didn't and couldn't make it on the department in his city so he hates them for it.
Debra Bayles Mcgowan Debra Bayles Mcgowan Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:20:05 AM Man Up Jerk. Really diesel fumes make you sick. Hope you never need them.
Steve Marks Steve Marks Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:21:02 AM This is one of the problems America faces today, lack of communication. This guy would rather complain and post the video without talking to the OIC or Chief. People have found it easier to voice concerns on social media than addressing the issue with those who can solve the problem. Can't fix a problem if you do not know there is a problem.
Pascal Hay Pascal Hay Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:21:20 AM If you let your problem be known I am sure that they would stop doing their training there. If all you do is bitch to yourself and not communicate your problem in a civil and direct way then you won't get anything done. The way to fix a problem is to let the people know they are causing a problem. In their minds they are practicing so that when the skill is needed they can perform. They did not do it just because you live there and they are on a crusade to piss you off.
David Hobbs David Hobbs Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:36:40 AM Hay douch bag, How stupid are you? 1. you say your house is full of fumes with the doors shut and windows but you stand outsind with the wind blowing at you. And you stand there and film them. I'm a fireman wish your house was in our area. Rememer this (what comes around goes around ). It just might take longer to put your house out because the fire trucks had to be put on the down wind side of your house. GET A LIFE.
Mona Paranich Mona Paranich Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:40:54 AM move, put the camera down and go to work and buy a nicer house in a nicer area, dip shit!
Curt Wiederin Curt Wiederin Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:50:29 AM There are these type of people everywhere. They expect us fire fighters to help them even though they hate us. Guess what we help them in the same manner as we help everyone else. We give them our all. Because of people like this we have a target on our backs, we are criticized and they want to cut our funding and expect the same or better service. All of us in the emergency services work hard to help others. Don't let the few people like this out there discourage you. There are alot more who are happy with our services and support us.
Raymond Joe Pressley Raymond Joe Pressley Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:55:53 AM Really the fumes made him so sick it took until the end of the video for him to start caughing. Anyone with kids can tell that was some fake ass caughing. Get a freakin life dude and appreciate the fact they train and want to make sure that the equiptment works properly to protect assholes like you.
Eric Koch Eric Koch Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:56:29 AM Yeah dude get a life!!!
Yogie Bear Yogie Bear Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:01:09 AM now ther is the perect example of total stupidity. here, s your sign stupid.
Dan Howard Dan Howard Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:05:42 AM ima laugh when this guys house/anything accociated with him is on fire or needs the FD, and the guys pull up and say "about that video you posted....."
Richard Fedorowicz Richard Fedorowicz Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:18:15 AM Apparently the truck companies crystal ball is out for repair. Maybe he could walk over there explain his concerns, or complain to himself, that seems to have worked well so far.
Dan Howard Dan Howard Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:19:29 AM and i bet he never pulls over to let an emergency vehicle pass either
Aaron Haber Aaron Haber Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:22:22 AM You are simply a dickhead, If your house was on fire I wouldn't piss on it.
Gene Mayo Gene Mayo Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:24:47 AM My Southern upbringing prevents me from posting what I am really thinking however my mouth filter is absolutely strained to its max. How disappointing.................. I would have been the smartass to thank him for his tax dollars that allow us to train and make him sick.
Mona Paranich Mona Paranich Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:26:45 AM I can see your house in the background, it has wheels, move it!
Don Ellison Don Ellison Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:32:25 AM I bet the idiot didn't even go over and talk with them nicely about going somewhere else. If this is truly the case, I would bet you they would go somewhere else. This guy is the first complain if the trucks and Ambulance was slowed down getting. Do us all a favor and pretend you are a lemming and jump into the water and drown yourself!
Brenden Murphy Brenden Murphy Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:51:34 AM in agreement with guy].
Harold Connor Harold Connor Saturday, February 09, 2013 11:11:05 AM This guy is a real jerk! Pretty sure the diesel fumes from that distance are not really carrying over to his house! He seems like a person that complains about anything he possibly can! If the fumes are that bad, why is he standing outside filming it? As for the fumes coming into his house with the windows closed... I call BS! Certainly hope he doesn't need Fire/EMS services or who knows, maybe even Police! He might complain about the police cars running too!
Mona Paranich Mona Paranich Saturday, February 09, 2013 11:12:59 AM well said!
Marvin Halliday Marvin Halliday Saturday, February 09, 2013 11:15:33 AM you are a lame brain. If your house is on fire do your care then if there are `diesl fumes´ in your house? No! we all have to practice our trade in locations that sometimes "inconvience" some people.
Mike Miers Mike Miers Saturday, February 09, 2013 11:30:12 AM Can't help but think it sounds real windy in the video. I barley notice diesel fumes in the station. This guy probably can't even smell them. I like when he says "my house(which is at least 30yards from where the truck is) is full of diesel fumes even thou its winter and all my windows are closed" haha What a toolbagger.
Drew Schnebly Drew Schnebly Saturday, February 09, 2013 11:54:50 AM Hey time your house is on fire or you need an ambulance, don't bother calling 911. You can just deal with it.
Courtney A Turner Courtney A Turner Saturday, February 09, 2013 12:08:31 PM Hey JERZY ASS.....Who are you going to call when you drop your crack pipe and set your house on fire....I bet that would be 911...if you know how to read! I hope you burn in HELL...these people put thier lives on the line every day for hopeless asses like you. If you don't like what they are doing by all means move to afganistan!
Gary Scollins Gary Scollins Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:16:17 PM Pretty sure this guy uses snow blowers and leaf blowers and gets all his neighbors sick.
Nick Jones Nick Jones Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:25:35 PM This retard needs to understand, if His house was on fire and he complained about diesel fumes and his family were stuck inside and told us to leave, I would go into search and rescue and then leave after the victims are properly removed and if this guy thinks he knows better, then we would use a gas meter to show there's nothing there.
Chris Richie Chris Richie Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:40:30 PM Unfortunately, we don't know if this clown ever attempted to talk to the crew, or not. One lesson to be learned, you never know when you are being recorded, so you always need to act properly and professionally. Now about Mr. Mouth- he is a total moron, even if he did attempt to create a dialog with the firefighters, this display of stupidity goes a bit over the top. God forbid that douche bag ever have an emergency!
Jeffrey Bell Jeffrey Bell Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:44:31 PM so why does the Tard stay there and record?
Chris Richie Chris Richie Saturday, February 09, 2013 1:55:07 PM He is an IDIOT!! Just being polite!! You don't wanna hear what ima say about him!! HA!
Steve Childers Steve Childers Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:00:21 PM The audio is so clear. He must be outside where the "fumes" are. I'm sure those fumes fill up his house. Come in out of the rain, idiot!
Hammer Cooper Hammer Cooper Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:26:54 PM lol I wd do 3 time a week now lol.
Nick Jones Nick Jones Saturday, February 09, 2013 3:13:54 PM I've heard the most worst things on FireRescue1
Kristi B Dahl Kristi B Dahl Saturday, February 09, 2013 7:48:26 PM what a jerk.. well lets make it so the fire department does no practicing and then when you house is on fire they are slow and you die or your house burns down remember you didn't want them around you. As for the taking up the WHOLE parking lot...there wasn't another car around. It didn't look to busy to me!
Joe Fairchild Joe Fairchild Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:22:31 PM Douchebag sounds all butthurt because the FD is training in his favorite parking space.
Corey J Sagstuen Corey J Sagstuen Saturday, February 09, 2013 10:48:30 PM it obvious you have sand in your ovaries.
George Reilly George Reilly Sunday, February 10, 2013 6:18:13 AM He sends all of his comments to the public via video. But, the first time he has a fire or a medical emergency, who does he call the fire department. No matter what he states in his video , no matter what harsh words he said about us , we would still respond and perform our job 110 %. It's who we are , it's what we do.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Sunday, February 10, 2013 7:19:44 AM Seriously? Threatening to let a person's house burn? You need to get some thicker skin if mere words make you want to do thousands of dollars worth of damage and possibly kill somebody in a house fire.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Sunday, February 10, 2013 7:25:46 AM The guy has a point Obviously most of the EMTs and Paramedics commenting here have no clue about asthma, COPD or any other cardiopulmonary illness which can be affected by fumes. There has to be other places for the FD to train. They should never do this in a residental area that close to homes. Those who have resorted to name calling are essentially no better than the manners of this guy. You are a public figure any time you wear a uniform. It seems most commenting here need to grow some thicker skin if words from someone you do not know affect you to where you make threats against someone, his family and property. It looks like EMS just has a bunch of hotheads who don't know how to respond to criticism in a professional manner.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Sunday, February 10, 2013 2:17:28 PM The guy seems to have no problem with FFs as professions but does have a problem with them using his front yard as a practice area several days a months. If I was a day sleeper or had breathing problems or a small child in a house near there I would be extremely upset also.
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Sunday, February 10, 2013 2:18:40 PM Most fire departments are responsible enough to no practice in residential area and know the effect of the fumes from their trucks.
Dallas Bond Dallas Bond Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:10:00 PM I didn't see huge clouds of diesel smoke. I only saw the one rig at medium RPMs at best. The wind was blowing at a good clip so was moving lots of air along with the noxious cloud of fumes. I am confused by the 100% child asthma rate, that is pretty impressive. I have a feeling that our videographer was told he was too dumb or crazy to go play on the big red trucks and that is why he is so pissy. My guess is that his real complaint is that the truck rumble is interrupting his sleep cuz his pimp makes him work the night shift at the truck stop.
Joe Troutman Joe Troutman Monday, February 11, 2013 8:13:56 AM What's his YouTube name
Steve Jacobi Steve Jacobi Monday, February 11, 2013 2:16:37 PM Guess you haven't been around many trucks or know much about asthma.
Shain Vick Shain Vick Tuesday, February 12, 2013 3:45:34 PM Interesting, it would have been nice to know the language was there in the video so I didn't have to explain it to my kidds as I watched it....He has a point, Why by the houses if there was a different spot? Do they have a training facility? Why not use it? I have been in Emergency Services for 20 years now, why didint they look at this area for a better place? Arrogence in the fire service is getting out of control!
David Holdbrook David Holdbrook Tuesday, February 12, 2013 4:19:28 PM Some day they may save tis idiots home from burning..
Clayton North Clayton North Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:48:49 AM This is just another case of Firefighters bearing the brunt of others misfortune. As a firefighter I don't control how much exhaust the engine puts out or how bad it is. That is a manufacturer thing. Cancer runs rampid among firefighters for the same reason, and all the other stuff we inhale. As for this guy, I am sure he will be just like the others complaining about how long it took them to get there when his house catches fire. There are thousands, possibly millions like him who don't understand what it takes, how hard it is, and even how to care about others. Look at the bright side, this guy isn't a firefighter lol......or a paramedic. Would you want him responding to your emergency?
Tish Brown Tish Brown Friday, March 01, 2013 12:36:54 PM Cough. He's got Bronchitis. Ain't nobody got time fo that!

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