A fire started in a paddock. The fire brigade from a nearby city was called to douse the blaze. The fire proved to be more than the city brigade could handle, so someone suggested that a rural volunteer fire brigade be called. Though there was doubt they could be of any assistance, the call was made.
Five minutes later, the volunteer fire brigade 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 centre of the fire, breaking the blaze into two, easily controllable parts.
The farmer was impressed with the volunteers’ work and very grateful that his farm had been spared. The next day he presented the volunteer fire brigade with a cheque for $1000.
A local news reporter asked the volunteer fire captain what the department planned to do with the funds. “That should be obvious,” responded the captain. “The first thing we’re gonna do is get the brakes fixed on our fire truck.”