Norwegian Firefighters

Norwegian Firefighters

One dark night outside a small town in Minnesota, a fire started inside the 
local chemical plant and in a blink it exploded into massive flames. The alarm 
went out to all the fire departments from miles around. When the volunteer 
fire fighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the 
fire chief and said, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the 
center of the plant. They must be saved and I will give $50,000 to the fire 
department that brings them out intact." 
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire departments 
had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, 
the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire 
department who could bring out the company's secret files. 
From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another firetruck came into 
sight. It was the nearby Norwegian rural township volunteer fire company composed 
mainly of Norwegians over the age of 65. To everyone's amazement, the little 
run-down fire engine, operated by these Norwegians, passed all the newer sleek 
engines parked outside the plant.....and drove straight into the middle of the 
inferno. 
Outside the other firemen watched as the Norwegian old timers jumped off and 
began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen before. 
Within a short time, the Norsk old timers had extinguished the fire and saved the 
secret formulas. 
The grateful chemical company president joyfully announced that for such a 
superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to 
personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, Norsk fire fighters. 
The local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film 
asking, "What are you going to do with all that money?" 
"Vell," said Ole Larsen, the 70-year-old fire chief, "da furst thing ve do is 
fix da brakes on dat dam truck!" 

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