I was in an ambulance the other day returning from a call. A local fire department, Ascutney VFD, got toned to go to a burning utility pole someplace in their area. After a few minutes, their chief radioed to the dispatcher that he has arrived on scene. "It's not a utility pole, though," he said, "it's a big-ass tree".
There was silence on the radio for a few seconds. My partner and I looked at each other. Cursing on the repeater?
Finally, the dispatcher came on the radio. "Sir... Um... Can you confirm the type of tree?"
There were a few more moments of silence before the Ascutney chief replied.
"It's a big. Ash. Tree."
My partner and I joined hundreds of listeners across scannerland and laughed.
Yesterday, there was a radio announcement for all departments. I assumed that it was regarding the National Weather Service storm warning but it was not. It was for a pot luck supper at a local fire department.
"All agencies are invited to a holiday potluck supper at 1830 Friday at the Ash-cutney fire department. Repeat, all agencies are invited to a holiday potluck supper at 1830 Friday at the fire department in Ash-cutney."