Juston McKinney is turning the fire service on its head with this satirical look at volunteer firefighting. The short comedies are available on youtube and the idea behind it is a push for a network to pick it up as a comedy show. Episode 1 already has over 24k views on youtube in a week.
The interesting thing is the comments both on Statter911 and youtube. While most firefighters have enjoyed the parody, some have been throwing around the career (and/or IAFF) vs. volunteer firefighter argument. As for me, I think it is hilarious and some or most of it is probably true in some parts of the Nation. Even if the truth behind the humor only represents a small percentage of volunteers out there…and yes, paid firefighters can act like idiots too (but this show isn’t about them).
So what do we do now? If I were a volunteer, I wouldn’t want this to become a network show…even though this is comedy I think this could have far reaching consequences for the volunteer fire service with public perception.
But I am not a volunteer…so I say have at it. I think it is hilarious!
The youtube channel is located at http://hosed.tv
Episode 1 states: “A comedy series about a volunteer fire department in Effingwoods NH. In this episode Ben (Juston McKinney) and Smitty (Gary Valentine) respond to a fire call. This episode co-stars Lenny Clarke (Rescue Me).”
Dave Statter was first on with episode 1 of hosed.