The Volunteer Firemen
A big fire started on grasslands near a farm-house. The town fire department was called to put out the fire. The fire was more than the town fire department could handle. Townsfolk suggested that a nearby volunteer bunch be called. Despite some doubt that the volunteer equipments would be of any assistance, the call was made.
The volunteers arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They rumbled straight towards the fire, drove right into the middle of the flames and stopped! The firemen jumped off the shabby fire truck and frantically started spraying water in all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire, breaking the fire into two easily-controlled parts.
Watching all this action, the old hand 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 1000 dollars. A local journalist asked the volunteer fire captain what the squad planned to do with the funds.
“That ought to be clear,” the captain responded, wiping ashes off his bunker gear. “The first thing we’re gonna do is get the brakes fixed on our fire truck!”