By Brent Hannify | October 20, 2022
Ask any veteran fire-paramedic, and they’ll tell you that Halloween can be a pretty strange night to work a shift. But it can also be a rewarding one.
Here’s a look at some of the stranger calls the crew of Fire Dept Coffee has run into on Halloweens past, plus—a look at how they give back to their communities when they’re not encountering the weirdness of the night.
Full moons are obviously the biggest “no-no” when it comes to being a firefighter. It seems like every time there’s a full moon, we run into the strangest calls. Especially on Halloween.
I remember one such Halloween night, we had a guy who set his apartment on fire with the candles he’d lit for a romantic night with his mistress. We knew something was weird when we saw the tripod and camera set up.
Obviously, his wife found out after he burned the place down. Quite a way to discover you’re bring cheated on.
A few Halloweens ago, we were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident. When we arrived, we found two vehicles had collided at an intersection. There was moderate damage. My captain took command of the incident and assigned me to get an accurate triage report.
Inside one of the vehicles there were four adults with non life-threatening injuries, and all of them were in full Halloween costumes. My report to command? I had a total of four delayed patients, including one pirate, one hot dog, one Mario, and finally, one Luigi. Everyone got a good laugh out of that. Especially dispatch.
“I’ll tell you my favorite Halloween tradition: It’s when we as a crew go and buy candy, then drive around the neighborhoods near our station handing it out from the fire engine. The kids and parents light up when they realize what is happening. It’s a great way for us to connect with the community and honestly, I think it does more for my crew and me than it does for the kids and their parents. I live for that.” – Firefighter Fenton