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Video: Fire buff flash mob gets corralled by Detroit cops.

David Psenechnuk at DMP Productions/ made me laugh with this undated video from Detroit he titled "How many fire buffs can you fit on a fire scene?".

Could this fire buff convergence also be referred to as a flash mob? And were fire buffs well ahead of their time and are actually some of the original flash mobsters?

Wikipedia describes a flash mob as "a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse". 

Of course "pointless" is in the eye of the beholder. We don't see the videos fire buffs provide and other fire service media as pointless, but clearly some in the Detroit Police Department do. 


Comments - Add Yours

  • Inside the Beltway

    Those dorks need to get laid and get a life!

  • tom

    wow! I say give them a couple of trucks an let them be the vol. of detroit. God knows that they need the help an theres plenty of fires in the city to go around. I see nothing wrong with what there doing, not gettin in the way everyones on the side of the street whats the problem officer! Didnt get ur duhnut before the call. I'm retired as a FF an still love to go to scenes an take pics an videos whats the problem?

  • Josh Tomon

    Count me in!

  • Legeros

    They need to restage that on Halloween, and with some zombie attire added. Wait, do the undeed carry DSLRs, or just point-and-shoots?

  • oldtruckie

    LMAO!!!! Thanks Dave, too funny!

  • 7House

    I imagine if these buffs went into the wrong neighborhood (70% of Detroit at night), they would find themselves missing their cameras! Like the brothers in Detroit dont already have enough headaches, these guys show up.

  • smitty

    I am guessing this came from a Devils Night in Detroit when many (not myself) were going there just to see what Detroit was going through in those days.

  • rich dempsey

    Back in the day we'd call them "The Tuna Fleet" because they would all pull up in their cars with these big whip antennas.

    • CLT FF

      Now that's funny!!!!

  • Play4keeps

    That's too funny; quite a spectacle. The dude who says that "the brothers in Detroit don't already have enough headaches?"zz   These guys weren't hurting anything – give it a rest.  I'm sure the buffs are the last thing on their mind and actually enjoy the photography.

  • Lizard

    Bet alot of the "buffs" are former fire fighters

  • Sharppointy1

    Sheesh, if I lived in Detroit you'd have to count me in.   But, DMP productions films so well, I could buff right from the comfort of my warm littl iMac!

  • 4th Batt.

    They must have all been on the same bus!

  • Paul B

    I'm guessing the headache they get is from staring at all the donated 12×18 posters of the firehouse in action. You know, the stuff they hang on the walls of the fire house. I'm Heading back to my useless life now, until another big fire breaks out. Dum, Dum, Dum!

  • 7House

    Paul, I wasnt speaking for buffs in general, but the truckload seen in the video! Cant tell me that isn't a problem for a FD that's stretched to the limit then they have 3 dozen guys with cameras showing up. Everyone shows up for Devils Night for the photo ops, then they disappear with some exceptions. More then a few seen in that video never bother to stop at a single firehouse and offer anything, but will head home and sell their photos and videos. I know there are some, like you, that arent a nuisance. Keep that in mind my friend.

  • Paul B

    I am sorry. I was having a bad day. I totally agree with you. I can't stand getting to a fire and seeeing that many people. And I will agree that some are nitwits and misfits that couldn't make the grade. I just hate all the negativity with it. I rode in NY on one 4th of July and we had a good 2nd alarm. We had like 20 guys show up on a bus. I came with Rescue 2 and a cop told me t beat it. He couldn't understand that I came in the fire truck. He was looking at me like I had 10 heads..LOL. So I waited around the corner and got the rig as it was leaving on another 10-75. Thank God for that. I would have ended up on the bus. Thank you for allowing me to correct my negativity.

  • Tim

    That looks like at least a 2nd alarm worth of buffs. Go throw some ladders fellas.