In 1855, a riot broke out at a circus due to a brawl between firefighters and clowns at a local brothel the night before. During the riot, the firefighters set fire to the circus tent.
2 Virginia Firefighters were suspended after transporting an 18-month-old girl to a hospital in their fire engine, a policy breach that ultimately saved the girl’s life. The reason behind this, was that the fire engine is licensed as a “non-transport unit” and doesn’t have the proper restrains and medications.
A Roman general named Marcus Crassus created Rome’s first firefighting crew with a team of 500 men. Upon arriving at the scene, however, the fire fighters did nothing while their employer bargained over the price of their services with the distressed property owner. If Crassus could not negotiate a satisfactory price, his men simply let the structure burn to the ground, after which he offered to purchase it for a fraction of its value.
Two white brothers took the Boston firefighters test claiming to be black so they would pass at the lower requirements. They worked for 10 years before being discovered.
A Woman in Oregon started a wildfire to give some work to her bored firefighter friends. Eventually, the fire, named as the Sunnyside Turnoff wildfire, spread to about 80 square miles — 51,000 acres — costing nearly $8 million to fight and took two months to bring under complete control.
Most burns received by firefighters are in fact scalds, brought on by their sweat turning into steam. Many Fire Services provide t-shirts to be worn underneath fire kit that wick away moisture to try and avoid this.
In 2011, firefighters let a house burn down because the owners had not paid the $75 annual firefighting fee.