Wait…! What Do You Call It?!
The root of all evil.
I am becoming more and more convinced every day.
Anyways I was browsing Facebook earlier and saw a post from one of my friends that got me thinking (what else is new?). The post was a picture of him standing next to a big city (not mentioning names) engine company sitting in quarters. He is a on a road trip up north to the city and is visiting firehouses while he is there.
So what’s the issue? I was reading through the comments (trying to think of something smart or funny to say as usual) and I came upon one that read something like “look at my son, visiting firehalls no matter where he goes.”
I began to ponder and realized that the members of most big city fire departments NEVER call it a “fire HALL”, but rather a fire HOUSE. I, for one, believe it should be called a fire HOUSE because you live there while on shift. You clean it, you watch TV in it, you work in it, and you eat in it. It is a place with open doors where people can feel safe and most of all it is a place that contains a FAMILY. No matter what shape or size, how many floors or apparatus, or how many personnel are stationed there, career or volunteer, it is still a place you can call home in some way.
So I posted a thing to my Facebook wall that said “It’s called a fire HOUSE not a station or a hall.”
But the resistance ended up sparking a great conversation that turned into a history lesson/opinion match. The following points were brought up:The term “Fire Hall” comes from the old departments that had one building for fire department that was also used as a city hall and public meeting point because the people that were a part of one were usually a part of all of the above. Some places still do it today and it works well for them.
So what do you call it? Post some comments and share what you call yours and why you call it that.
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