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Raw video: House fire in Orange, NJ. No firefighters on this fireground, just ‘responders’ & ‘responding rescue units’.

Video by REDVIDEO1 of a house fire on April 14 at 198 Hickory Street in Orange, New Jersey. It appears the firefighters are pulled out at around 4:45.

Did I say “firefighters”?

Excuse me, I apologize. I have been out of the news business for almost three years and I am showing what a dinosaur I really am. Below, check out the headline about this fire on the website of News 12 New Jersey. Just another example that the word “firefighter” is so 20th Century. Urban Firefighter Magazine’s Ray McCormack warned us of this slippery “first responder” slope (check here & here).  

The word “firefighter” is never mentioned in the article about the Hickory Street fire. Not once. Instead it says,  “It was quickly controlled by responding rescue units.”

Let me make sure I have this right. All these “massive” fires the news media warns us about these days are apparently extiguished by “responders” and “responding rescue units”. I don’t know if I should feel more sorry for firefighters or for the news people who write this junk.

I am sure there will be a tear in my eye the first time I hear a little kid say, “When I grow up, I want to be a responder”. Excuse me. Must go. Dealing with a little reflux right now.

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  • JT

    Next will be replacing FD with ERD or Emergency Response Department.

  • oldhead

    I kind of like All Hazards Department, we can be referred to as All Hazards Responders. I’m also a fan of DPW, Department of Public Works. We can be called Public Department Workers…

  • LT.LARGENT

    FRICKEN NEWS MEDIA MAKES ME SICK.. ALWAYS SCARED OF OFFENDING SOMEONE..MADE ME SICK LAST WEEK THE MEMORIAL FOR THE 12 FIREFIGHTERS IN WEST ONLY GOT AN HONORABLE MENTION ON NATIONAL NEWS AND THEN ONLY BECAUSE CURIOUS GEORGE (OBAMA) SPOKE A FEW WORDS. ITS IS SAD THAT A FORMER PRESIDENT’S LIBRARY OPENING AND A RADICAL WANNABE MUSLIM TERRORIST GETS MORE MEDIA ATTENTION THAN THESE BRAVE SOULS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES SO OTHERS COULD LIVE…

    • dave statter

      The fire service is as much to blame as the news media for the name first responders. Should have dealt with and said no we don’t want to be a part of that immediately.

  • John

    News of the fire being reported by scribes and people using video recording devices

  • VanMan

    At least we’re not actually being treated to some pimply-faced teen who just actually just graduated from j-school, and who actually has to actually use the word “actually” about 23 times in each sentence. It actually makes me want to actually hurl a bit.

    Also too, see Lake Superior State University’s list of banished words.

  • Retired Captain NJ

    This is just so wrong. A first responder might by the local C.E.R.T. member who receive portable fire extinguisher training only. Once someone says it the term will spread like a virus. To me as a retired fire service Captain, Fire Investigator, Instructor the term “first responder” is slightly demeaning. Or maybe a politically motivated back door slam for more union busting and lessening of the value of well trained firefighters everywhere.

  • VolFFinNC

    Is it so hard for them to use the word firefighter? In my neck of the woods “first responders” is used only during medical calls any other type of event it’s “firefighters” and that’s how it’s toned out too. It also seems none of the news around here is afraid to use the word firefighter. So I guess we will no longer have FIRE departments but rather FIRST RESPONDER RESCUE departments.

  • Fire21

    When I am going to a scene, I am responding. Once there, I am fighting fire.

    Structures such as these showed builders why they shouldn’t put them so close together. They did get away from that for awhile, but nowadays have gone back to crowding them together again. I guess a small piece of land is more worth considering than building adequately spaced.

  • BW

    Where Im from its almost the exact opposite…paper will list every single unit from an FD but completely ignore any rescue units…even when we are providing fire staffing!

  • Firefighter8400

    Sort of like our county. The county emergency management, 911, etc. milk all the money and then question the volunteer firefighters why they do not have equipment.

    We do have career firefighters in our county, but most serve on volunteer FD’s, so they are aware of the problem.

  • Capt Dick

    Who gives a hoot. Like Dave said, it’s our monster we created and can be taken care of by a department PIO that is proactive with local media. If you don’t have the money or personnel to have a qualified PIO then maybe you should concentrate on ” responding ” with adequately staffed , adequately trained “responders ” and when you have that straight then you can worry about what ” they” call you.And by the way, Just because NBC’s Brian Williams didn’t do a whole half hour piece on West, Texas makes it no less tragic and no less important of an event. Maybe you can honor them on Facebook since that’s what really seems to matter in this country !!!!

  • Fire2mark

    FEMS anyone?

  • DaveOC

    “When I grow up I want to be a Responder” !….said no kid ever !

  • JustSayin”

    How About F.E.R.T
    Fire Emergency Response Team.

    OR.. F.A.R.T
    Fire And Rescue Team

    Then the term “Old Fart” would have some real meaning…