Firefighters use wetting agents to make water wetter. The chemicals reduce the surface tension of plain water so it’s easier to spread and soak into objects, which is why it’s known as “wet water.”
A milkman, Steve Leech, who was doing his rounds when he saw a shop on fire. He used 320 pints of milk to put out the fire, saving 7 other stores. He received the award for “Hero Milkman of the Millennium”.
Firefighters saved a group of piglets in a burning barn, as a reward the farmer sent the fire fighters sausages made from the same pigs they saved.
The first Roman fire brigade was created to be very lucrative. Arriving at the scene the fire fighters did nothing while a price was negotiated. Failing to reach a deal, the structure was allowed to burn to the ground after which an offer was made to purchase it for a fraction of its value.
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.