Many Years Ago in a World Far Away From Now
The local small town fire service used to put on a big open day once a year.
As it happens, I was landlord of the local pub where some of them used to drink off duty, and as a result, they used to ask me to get a Special License and run a bar at their open day.
It was only a small town and if memory serves me, they only had the one engine. But there were always two engines at the open day.
One would be from the nearby city, and the other the local town engine.
I found out why when there was a 'shout' - because the local tender was instantly manned and went do deal with the emergency, whilst the city engine stayed where it was and continued to be clambered all over by the local children.
I asked the local Fire Officer why, and he told me 'Well, it looks bad if [city] fire brigade turns up, and they know that we are having an open day (piss-up) here at
The good old days before TOTAL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS took total control of our lives