A fire started on some grassland near a farm in Indiana. The fire department
from the nearby town was called to put the fire out. The fire proved to be more
than the small town fire department could handle, so someone suggested that a
rural volunteer fire department be called. Though there was doubt that they
would be of any assistance, the call was made.
The volunteer fire department arrived in a dilapidated old fire truck. They
drove straight towards the fire and stopped in the middle of the flames. The
volunteer firemen jumped off the truck and frantically started spraying water in
all directions. Soon they had snuffed out the center of the fire, breaking the
blaze into two easily controllable parts.
The farmer was so impressed with the volunteer fire department's work and so
grateful that his farm had been spared, that he presented the volunteer fire
department with a check for $1000. A local news reporter asked the volunteer
fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds.
"That should be obvious," he responded, "the first thing we're gonna do is get
the brakes fixed on that stupid fire truck."