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Firefighters feeling heat after spraying colleague with freezing water

Firefighters Feeling Heat After Using Fire Hose To Spray Colleague

A charity stunt caused controversy when a video surfaced showing six New Jersey firefighters using a fire hose to shoot freezing water at a colleague.

CBS reports that "No one was hurt, but the chief is unhappy about the stunt. If you take the 'Cold Water Challenge' you donate $10. If you don't, you have to donate $100."

The "Cold Water Challenge" has become a viral movement in which one person challenges another who then challenges another in a chain to raise money for charity. The only difference here is most people jump into a freezing body of water instead of getting sprayed with it.

According to WKXW, hundreds of firefighters across the country have used fire hoses for the Cold Water Challenge before without reports of injuries.

But the Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Sam Micklus says something different.

"The hose they used could've killed someone. I'm still shaking my head," Micklus says. "They should've known better."

Micklus also says the unsanctioned use of public equipment and water violated district policies, and that suspensions are a definite possibility.

Daily Mail notes all the firefighters involved in the incident are volunteers, however we could not confirm that information elsewhere.

The YouTube video showing the incident has since been deleted.

It seems the Cold Water Challenge continues to be a popular way for firefighters to raise money for charity. In this video posted six days after the incident in New Jersey, the firefighter even managed a smile, as soon as he got used to the cold.

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bd2thebone June 07 2014 at 11:56 AM

As a former firefighter I witnessed at least 100 occasions where we squirted tank water on each other which is around 55 degrees. Guess what? No one died. I have also witnessed at least 40 occasions where a winning football coach had ice water or gator aid thrown on him and none of them died either. I think this board of director needs to pull his head out of his posterior.

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trulee4givn June 07 2014 at 11:59 AM

As a retired firefighter I know for a fact that once that water runs through the pump, it is no longer "freezing"..... And the water they are using in the video, appears to be coming from the storage tank that is carried on ALL fire department pumpers... Therefore it can not be the same as jumping into a frozen lake!!! And one more thing, these firefighters, as the video states, "are volunteers". So you want to suspend your VOLUNTEER organization,,, Good thinking!!!!

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Kingfisher Farm trulee4givn June 07 2014 at 12:41 PM

trulee4givn: thank you for pointing out all that you did.

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avl14 trulee4givn June 07 2014 at 7:33 PM

lol...."suspend your VOLUNTEERS", Yah that will help mr. Director hope you can fight a fire alone, be sure to bring th wife and kids......

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p_murdock June 07 2014 at 9:24 AM

I like that the fireman do something for charity, not unlike sports players or political figures who don't give a damn about other people (not all of them, just most of them) Why don't they pay fireman and police and nurses millions of dollars and only pay the sports and political figures 30 or 40 thousand a year. it seems to me that saving lives is more important than 50 homeruns in a year or a new limo every time we turn around or taxes going up to pay for them.

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William K. p_murdock June 07 2014 at 3:40 PM

because then your taxes would be twenty time what they are now knucklehead. If you want to give them some more of your money go right ahead. Then maybe they'll be able to retire at 45 instead of 52.

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daveliq William K. June 07 2014 at 8:18 PM

Only knucklehead here is you. These are volunteers most don't receive a dime. Are you willing to get out of bed at 2:30 A.M and then put on an air pack and go into a smoke filled house? Or maybe climb down a steep bank to pull out a drunk driver or pick up children's bodies who died do to parents neglect. Fund raising pays for equipment

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Michelle Neff William K. June 07 2014 at 11:00 PM

Most Volunteers do get paid per fire run, EMS run or other duty they perform so the term volunteer is toure they do it becasue they love it and want too. But generally equipment is purcased by the comunmity and as well as training. When I was a Voilunteer I made about 9,500.00 per year from my paid hobby.

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capdan9270 June 07 2014 at 11:54 AM

The Fire Commissioner should be suspended. This has been going on ever since fire companies first started. We use to shoot water at other fire compies at Wet Downs all the time. If they get suspended, then the rest of the Fire Company should boycott until they are re-instated, and Sam Micklus is gone. Improper use of equipment and water, what a complete idiot.

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exitscreaming capdan9270 June 07 2014 at 4:20 PM

What would be the grounds for suspending him ...for following district policies?

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hanlon1212 exitscreaming June 07 2014 at 8:42 PM


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Glenda June 07 2014 at 11:57 AM

Okay everyone here's some news for you. I am a five foot four inch 130 lbs. female and a firefighter for 7 years. When I join the department for the county I live in we had little money and specialized units. I decide to certify in swift water rescue. When a victim becomes trapped in a flood, waterway canal or other dangerous water rescues, do you think that the water slows down and warms up for rescuers to be safe and warm? I had a four inch hose the largest hose we carried blasted at me to simulate what the current and the cold of the water felt like. Then the hose is lowered to thigh level simulating a strong current. Even with safety lines attached they will not stop the water from knocking you off your feet. If there is another way to learn and become efficient in swift water rescue and your county has the funding most don't, Then do not criticize what we go through to save your miserable peanut gallery judgmental hides.

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darkcloudstonite June 07 2014 at 11:12 AM

2 words...New Jersey

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Dean Sutton June 07 2014 at 10:37 AM

So the writer of this article had a thermometer to verify that the water was actually freezing??? Dam, chunks of ice is hard on the pumping equipment!! So was the water coming out of the hydrants as ice slush mix?? Or were they pumping from the "on-board" tank? Or do they have portable refrigeration equipment to use to cool the water down so that it will "chill" the fires?

So how about some answers from from self-appointed experts!!!!!!

These questions were worded to see how many "STUPID" answers I get! And be sure to read the whole comment twice before commenting!

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moochelleboochelle June 07 2014 at 9:46 PM


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bd2thebone June 07 2014 at 12:16 PM

I shower in water colder than that because it is healthy for you. It does take me a couple hours after the shower to find my junk though.

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ram4131 June 07 2014 at 1:28 PM

Boys will be boys. They are actually in trouble for raising money for charity? Who's driving this truck?

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darkcloudstonite ram4131 June 07 2014 at 6:11 PM

It never said they were in trouble for raising money for charity.

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hanlon1212 darkcloudstonite June 07 2014 at 8:47 PM


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bluelightning75 ram4131 June 07 2014 at 9:19 PM

This challenge has also spread to the aux. Some ladies are going in pools of cold water.

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