“WORD!” Firefighters produce rap video on fire safety, “Cougars” become biggest fans

The next time the guys upstairs call and ask you to produce a simple public safety announcement, remember how these Midland, Michigan firefighters responded.

Instead of creating the same old tired, “thou shall not” PSA’s, “Mix Master Mark and the Ax Men” decided to take their project down a different road.

The result?  With a little help from CNN, their video on YouTube went viral.

“It seems like the female group around the 40 age has been picking up on it. Hopefully, they’ll show their kids the message in the video,” one of the “Ax Men” Steve Makowski said with a chuckle.

If you want to sing along, here are the group words:

Fire…script…fuse…floor…partake…fool…date…fable…’sition…Randy…crime…rocket…brotha…try…Fudd…illegal…submit…illegit…gang…stray…WORD!

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Rob
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I was a volunteer for almost twenty years. When our members were police officers, they could carry on duty, concealed. I remember one night when I was the operator (driver) and responding to a house fire, three of the four firefighters on the truck were PD. I was handed three sidearms to take care of!…
2014-01-27 22:54:00
bhill
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
"lockbox on the truck" Does he carry his weapon in a lock box while on duty as a Deputy? I'm thinkin' not. Am I willing to use deadly force, and then turn around and try to save their life after I shoot them? Ain't happening. "individuals with police/weapons training" - the training teaches shoot to…
2014-01-27 19:33:00
Ken Nelson
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I believe individuals with police/weapons training should carry fire arms. In our station's situation, our assistant chief is also a sheriff's deputy. I have suggested that he have his firearm with him in a lockbox on the truck in case a need arises. In addition some personnel are current military (Reserve, National Guard) who could…
2014-01-27 18:20:00
Marianna Randazzo
We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my dear friend Mike. I am in the process of writing a biography/anthology of Michael's life. I would be very grateful for your input. Please contact me on FB, Marianna Randazzo or Given Away, A SIiclian Upbringing. Respectfully yours, Marianna
2013-12-07 02:51:00
Fire Daily
WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.
Yes, Becky, I saw that too. As I was told by an ER doc many moons ago, "a patient without an airway is a dead patient." Not all firefighters are EMT's, and some may not have basic first aid skills- instead relying on a concurrent response from an emergency EMS agency. Not sure in this…
2013-11-27 11:27:00
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