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March 21, 2012 9:14 PM   Subscribe

Moments before the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in the small town of Padua, Minnesota was about to begin, a truck fire broke out at the end of the block. Fortunately, the all-volunteer firefighting crew from nearby Sedan, Minnesota was on hand to celebrate their 125th anniversary, and to raise money to pay for their new fire hall and truck. One of their members was set to drive the new fire truck in the parade, and the others were on a float, dressed in drag to entertain the crowd. Firemen in Drag Put Out Truck Fire.
posted by flapjax at midnite (44 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is great!

I always get choked up at the thought of volunteer firemen. I grew up in a small town with nothing but a volunteer f.d. and many guys in my high school were volunteers. The things they sacrificed for their volunteer job was humbling.
posted by Sassyfras at 9:20 PM on March 21, 2012 [7 favorites]


Shit, I've seen bigger wig fires than this letmetellyou, ima just gonna spray all over now, watch the nails, yeah, you singe the Queens train, you gonna get burnt.
posted by The Whelk at 9:21 PM on March 21, 2012 [7 favorites]


Yes, yes...but do they eat at Chik-fil-a?
posted by darkstar at 9:22 PM on March 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


I think the next time someone asks me to describe Burning Man, I'll just send them this video.
posted by mannequito at 9:25 PM on March 21, 2012 [8 favorites]


Some like it hot.
posted by fleetmouse at 9:31 PM on March 21, 2012 [9 favorites]


Gentlemen pefer Burnings.
posted by The Whelk at 9:33 PM on March 21, 2012


More of this kind of thing.
posted by odinsdream at 9:34 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dear Fiction:

You got nothing on me. Not today at least.

Love,
Truth
posted by gwint at 9:37 PM on March 21, 2012 [10 favorites]


Surely a ballad, Flapjax. Surely.
posted by unSane at 9:38 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


No doubt, unSane. No doubt.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:40 PM on March 21, 2012


I always get choked up at the thought of volunteer firemen. I grew up in a small town with nothing but a volunteer f.d. and many guys in my high school were volunteers. The things they sacrificed for their volunteer job was humbling.

My first impulse when someone tells me they're in the FD is to thank them for their service. They risk as much as nearly any soldier.
posted by clarknova at 9:43 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Paris isn't the only thing burning.
posted by munchingzombie at 9:46 PM on March 21, 2012 [9 favorites]


Yeah, plus firemen save people whereas soldiers kill people. I fucking love firemen. My work gives discounts to police, soldiers, firefighters, and EMTs but I really like helping out the latter two in particular.
posted by Scientist at 9:48 PM on March 21, 2012 [9 favorites]


Oh brave new world.
posted by dglynn at 9:50 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Internet, I love you.
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 9:51 PM on March 21, 2012


Firemen in Drag Put Out
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:59 PM on March 21, 2012 [14 favorites]


Two volunteer firemen in dresses are braver than one me in trousers and a shirt.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:00 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


General Butt Naked got nothing on these guys.
posted by Meatbomb at 10:02 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Awesome!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 10:06 PM on March 21, 2012


Ha! That is hilarious! The timing of the reveal in the video is perfect.

They should hustle and put a donate link in that video's description, so they can generate some extra donations from the traffic this might get.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 10:09 PM on March 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


The moment where the dude is running and adjusts the strap on his dress really kind of makes the video, somehow.
posted by brennen at 10:20 PM on March 21, 2012 [8 favorites]


What is with the video format? I've been seeing more and more of this. Is it just a "failing to turn camera sideways" issue?
posted by mek at 10:27 PM on March 21, 2012


What is with the video format? I've been seeing more and more of this. Is it just a "failing to turn camera sideways" issue?

iPhone?
posted by alex_skazat at 10:34 PM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


yep, iphone in portrait.
posted by special-k at 10:57 PM on March 21, 2012


I guess it would be too much trouble for YouTube to recognize one dimension is larger than the other and resize the container frame correctly?
posted by crapmatic at 11:03 PM on March 21, 2012


Is it just a "failing to turn camera sideways" issue?

It is exactly that, yes.

I feel like a peeping tom when I see these videos.

/The actual content was nice, though.
posted by dirigibleman at 11:04 PM on March 21, 2012


Plus they are fom Sedan, putting out a truck fire, so there is inter-vehicular rescue going on. Bravo!
posted by vrakatar at 11:13 PM on March 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


There's a joke about hoses here, but I'm just going to applaud the whole thing.
posted by mephron at 12:14 AM on March 22, 2012


I love how the guy in red is constantly putting the strap back on his shoulder.
posted by jimmythefish at 12:15 AM on March 22, 2012


That's some really poor decision making. The cars that are on fire are already write-offs. They should have focused on clearing vehicles from the area and then just let the fire burn out. There is no need to get close to a car fire in flammable and melt-able clothing. That's big risks for no possible gain in public good.
posted by srboisvert at 1:23 AM on March 22, 2012


And I doubt those rough hoses did their nails any favours either!
posted by Abiezer at 1:45 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll question the efficacy of high pressure water on a car fire. Seems like a call for foam. But I'm going by guess and vague memory of Navy training, decades ago.
posted by Goofyy at 3:58 AM on March 22, 2012


Just woke up. Watched this. Now I'm sad. How can anything that I do for the rest of the day beat the concentrated awesome on display here?
posted by Splunge at 4:09 AM on March 22, 2012


So where is your station house, srboisvert? because SURELY you must be a fireman yourself to have knowledge about what to do in the case of a fire.

Oh? You're not a fireman after all?

Hmmmmmmmmm.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:16 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is cool, but those guys wouldn't last a second on RuPaul's Drag Race.

Just sayin'.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:50 AM on March 22, 2012


Incidentally, the fellows may have been in drag as a day-late nod to St. Urho's Day, the Finnish equivalent to St. Patrick's, which is nodded to in Minnesota (and perhaps moreso further north than Padua).

Although, as they aren't wearing purple, there may be no connection.
posted by mr. digits at 5:18 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ok internet you have had your dose of awesome for the day. Now how do we set up an online donation box for the firefighting crew in Sedan? Who has done this sort of thing before? I know we have a bunch of MN mefites that can handle the final transfer to the fire crew locally if necessary. Hell I will drive out and make a delivery to them in person if necessary.

Anyone want to hammer out the detail over in MetaTalk?

As for the video I am guessing that there may be other members of the crew getting into safer clothing and will relieve the men on the hose as soon as possible. As for moving the other cars it might be a worthwhile idea if you had a couple of tow trucks or the owners standing by with there keys but until those become available "you put the wet stuff on the red stuff".
posted by The Violet Cypher at 5:36 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'll question the efficacy of high pressure water on a car fire. Seems like a call for foam. But I'm going by guess and vague memory of Navy training, decades ago.

Yeah, but if water's not going to make it worse, you might as well give it a go if you've got a firetruck lying around until you can find some foam.
posted by hoyland at 6:06 AM on March 22, 2012


That's some really poor decision making.

I'll question the efficacy of high pressure water on a car fire.


Yeah, it's just too bad these firefighters, I mean the guys who put out this fire, don't read Metafilter. Cause they could really learn how to do it right if they'd just drop by here for some tips, you know?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:30 AM on March 22, 2012


Isn't this in one of the early chapters of Gravity's Rainbow?
posted by shakespeherian at 6:52 AM on March 22, 2012


That's some really poor decision making. The cars that are on fire are already write-offs. They should have focused on clearing vehicles from the area and then just let the fire burn out. There is no need to get close to a car fire in flammable and melt-able clothing. That's big risks for no possible gain in public good.

HEY EVERYBODY THE EXPERT HAS ARRIVED!!!
posted by odinsdream at 6:56 AM on March 22, 2012 [4 favorites]


Yes, yes, St. Urho Day!!!

*sigh* I miss Minnesota....
posted by wenestvedt at 7:22 AM on March 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am a volunteer firefighter. I had my wedding reception at the fire hall, and my best man and one of my ushers were also members (along with about half the guests). We had two calls during the reception, one of which included a car accident where the occupants had to be extricated. By firefighters in tuxes and suits (but not dresses, sadly).
posted by tommasz at 8:48 AM on March 22, 2012


Oh, I should have noted we all put on proper protective gear before beginning operations. The tux rental place wasn't too pleased when we returned the tuxes smelling of smoke and sweat.
posted by tommasz at 8:50 AM on March 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


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