The Fire

A fire started on some grasslands near a farm.  The county fire department
was called to put the fire out.  The fire was more than the county fire
department could handle.  Someone suggested that a nearby volunteer bunch be
called.  Though there was doubt that the volunteer outfit would be of any
assistance, the call was made.  

The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck.  They rumbled
straight towards the fire, and stopped in the middle of the flames!

The firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in
all directions.  Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire, breaking
the blaze into two easily controllable parts.

Watching all this, the farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire
department's work and was so grateful that his farm had been spared, that
right there on the spot he presented the volunteers with a check for $1,000.

A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department
planned to do with the funds.  "That ought to be obvious, " he responded,
wiping ashes off his coat.  "The first thing we're gonna do is get the
brakes fixed on our fire truck!"

Thanks to The Felion for this contribution

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This message was sent on 4 Sep 1996