Fire Yenta April 2004

By Diane Feldman, Managing Editor

Ah, the aroma: update
From Stan Davis, Sweet Valley, PA: As a follow-up to “Ah, the aroma!” (Fire Yenta, March 2004), I had one female firefighter student in several of my training classes who gets excited by men who smell like a structure fire. I guess the cologne would work for some! I wonder if that’s why she’s married to the chief ….

Hear our message
From John Nickles, fire marshal, McKinney (TX) Fire Department: Several weeks ago the guys at Station 2 and I gave a tour to a four-year-old boy and his mother, with whom my wife works. The little guy’s name is Jared, and he is sure to be a future firefighter. His mother told me that the day before at church the minister invited all the children to listen to the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. After hearing all of the terrible things that were done to Christ, Jared stood up and said, “All they needed to do was call 9-1-1.” It was cute, and the audience loved it and him, but, more importantly, it shows that our message is getting across!

Enter the trivia contest
Answer the trivia question on the home page under “Corbett’s Trivia,” and be one of the first 10 people to give the answer in person to Glenn Corbett, Fire Engineering technical editor and Trivia King, at the Fire Engineering booth at the FDIC on Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m., and you’ll win a prize.

Meet and greet
Meet the entire staff of Fire Engineering, fireEMS, and in our booth at the FDIC in Indianapolis, Indiana. Exhibits are open Thursday-Saturday, April 29-May 1. Stop by and introduce yourself, offer a suggestion or a story idea, pick up a sample magazine, or just say hello. We are always looking for new authors, new photographers, and new ideas.

40th anniversary
This is the Yenta’s 40th column. Where did the time go? A special thanks to all the loyal readers who have contributed stories and read this column. Please keep sending your amusing anecdotes. Remember, only YOU can embarrass yourself, your friends, and your department on a national Web site.

If you have a tidbit for the Fire Yenta, e-mail

Diane Feldman is a 15-year veteran of Fire Engineering; she has spent the past 14 years as managing editor. She has a B.A. in English/communications. Previously she was an editor at the American Management Association in New York City.

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