The Responsible Person

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It was the night of the Christmas party. Cook asked Rick to try a sample before she served it. Rick lifted the floor board to retrieve the wine from under the fire stations dining-room floor. Rick decided that he should be sure about his reply to cooks question, so he had another tumbler of wine before stating it was damned good wine. Then Rick returned to the garage and finished servicing the fire engine. On Boxing Day as the engine left the fire station it’s wheel fell off. Cooks Elderflower wine was even better than last years Parnip wine.

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  1. James

    I’m really, really sure that drinking even small amounts of alcohol is a huge “no-no” for on duty firefighters so somebody is in really big trouble.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi James. What you say is true now – but my story is rather historic.

  2. Iain Kelly

    Haha, I do hope they weren’t called on an emergency that day!

    1. Michael Humphris

      In the day and age that I was thinking about, almost every one I knew, worked and had a drink …

  3. yarnspinnerr

    🙂 This is so different and human.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much yarnspinnerr

  4. Sandra

    A salutary tale.

    1. Michael Humphris

      True – we are more aware of the dangers associated with alcohol today, but …

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    Sloe gin next year, then 2 wheels will fall off! Brilliant.

    Click to read my FriFic!

  6. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Bottoms up!



    1. Michael Humphris

      Cheers Rochelle.

  7. pennygadd51

    Oh dear, oh dear! Nicely told, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Penny, it was a different era.

  8. granonine

    If it was ok for them to drink on duty why was the wine hidden under the floor boards?

    1. Michael Humphris

      To stop anyone drinking it before christmas.

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I assume that there is a reason to not drink before serving the machines.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The cooks homemade wine was always very potent

  10. Sarah Ann

    I think it’s safe to say there were no responsible persons at the Christmas party. What will cook come up with next year? 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was the culture of the time, rather like smoking.

  11. Dawn M. Miller

    Oh my! lol
    Glad this is fiction so I can laugh. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn, If it is fact, there must have been a few red faces.

    2. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn, laughter is good

  12. patriciaruthsusan

    I’d guess this guy lost his job. My dad was even worried about being late for his shift even once let alone getting caught drinking at work. Firemen depended on each other and no fooling around was tolerated. Good writing, Michael. I understand it was meant to be humorous. 🙂 —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was a very different era, but there where quite a few red faces

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