Is it a law that any time the fire department sends a truck or engine on a logged civilian call they must turn on their sirens and lights? What about their smaller vehicles?
Because I’ve had to call 911 for the police a few times for non-emergency emergencies, immediately say it’s not that kind of emergency, apologize, explain, and eventually a car quietly rolls up.
Yesterday, after finishing off some cooking with a normal propane hand torch (400 g cylinder), I must have unscrewed the torch unevenly, or something, because the valve stuck open slightly, and, although nearly empty, it continued to softly hiss away.[sup]*[/sup] I was stumped about what to do. So I went outside my apartment building, sheepishly called 911, who switched me to the fire department, they said let’s check it out, and an engine came with sirens on, although they understood I just wanted to know what to do, I’m outside I’m away from flame, it’s just slowly draining, etc, no emergency. They came with sirens and lights.
Coincidentally, and a lovely story, yesterday a kid got a giant Barney head stuck on her, and they said if they come, they come with sirens a’blaring and lights a’blazing. For some reason the kid didn’t like that idea; the family had friends at the station house, requested they come without all the hoopla, and a bunch of them came quietly in a minivan.
And many years ago, in a horrible day, my dog jumped off a tenement to an inaccessible alley (long story), and I knew the guys in the firehouse around the corner, ran to them, and the trucks (plural in this case) came with light and sound. (I didn’t think my mad love for NYFD could get any greater, but then came 9/11.)
*Flaming a ground-chickpea/pureed-pea/honey coating on a wine-poached cod filet on a bed of pilaf, why yes it was terrific, thank you, I invented it last night.