In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. That is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
Way back in TSTO circa 2013, there were rumors and some hints flying around and within that the Fire Department just may be in the works for TSTO. Alissa posted a rundown of all the possibilities of the Fire Department and what else could come along with it in her post HERE if it did come to be. Alas, much like many other “spoilers”, just because it is rumored or hinted within does not mean it is going to go live. Such was the case of the Fire Department in 2013. It never came to be, not until 2016 that is! WOOHOO!
This post I will be going over the Origin of the Springfield Fire Department and the Crook and Ladder Items. Why are they in our games? What do they have to do with Springfield? Were all of these Characters really Firefighters? Let’s dive into the Simpsons TV Series to find out more.
Homer the Heretic: Season 4, Episode 3
Here is where we first get a glimpse of the Volunteer Fire Department. Homer has decided he no longer wants to go to church and has better things to do at home instead. Like fall asleep on the couch while his cigar starts the house on fire.
Luckily “Fire Chief” Apu notices the fire through his binoculars (still curious why he is watching the Simpsons from his store) and he rushes to help.
Along with other members of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department : Wiggum, Krusty, (what looks to be Moleman), Luann, Barney, and Otto… Apu races in the Fire Truck to the Simpsons. They are held up though by a very unusually large flock of baby ducks crossing the road.
Meanwhile Flanders sees the fire and Homer inside through the frontroom window and ends up rescuing Homer instead. At least they finally put out the fire.
Brother’s Little Helper: Season 11, Episode 2
More Volunteer Fire Department! It’s Fire Safety Day as Springfield Elementary and the Fire Engines are parked out front for the kids to explore.
Lenny, Carl, and Kirk are in Firemen Gear holding the Trampoline while the kids jump off the Fire Truck ladder onto it. Skinner is helping along by explaining all the Tools used for fires while wearing a Bright Red Helmet. Even Hosey the Bear showed up to tell kids about Fire Prevention, or as Ralphie calls them, “Uh Oh’s!”
The Volunteer Fire Department Players then proceed to put on a lil skit about Fire Safety with Ned & Maude. Unfortunately the pants Flanders lights on fire don’t seem to want to go out, instead the fire spreads and Flanders is in full flame. They would put out the fire, but Bart has chosen to use the Fire Hose to fill they Gymnasium with water to the point the doors burst open. Bart ends up being placed on Focusyn to curb his behavior.
In the end, after going what everyone assumed was crazy, Bart shoots down a MLB satellite that really was spying on Bart (what IS Alissa’s Hubby up to?).
The Volunteer Fire Department (Moe, Flanders, and Kirk) show up to the Fire. They are clueless of what to do as they can’t find anything on satellites in the Firefighters Handbook. Luckily Apu suggests they just spray it with water and he puts the fire out.
Crook & Ladder: Season 18, Episode 19
This is the episode where most of the details and information for the Fire Department and the Crook & Ladder Event are. After taking the Pacifier away from poor lil Maggie, no one in the house can sleep. Homer turns to Ambien… errr… I mean Nappien to help him sleep. Problem is he is causing a lot of issues and mischief in his unconscious “sleep”. Like eating everything out of the fridge, putting toy cars on Santa’s lil Helper’s paws, messing with the dollies in the wax museum, and more. Bart uses this to his advantage to make “Zombie Homer” take him and Milhouse out on the town for some fun.
While coming to the end of a night, Bart uses Homer’s head one last time to crack a Walnut. This causes Homer to wake up from his zombie state of mind and panic behind the wheel of the car. Swerving right into the Springfield Fire Department. He smashes through the Garage bay barely missing the Fire Engine, takes out the chili and stove, breaks the fire pole causing it to bend oddly, and lands on the Fire Alarm setting it off.
The Firemen are awoken by the alarm and attempt to slide down the pole. They instead are launched across the room, onto the slippery chili mess on the ground, and into the cage with the Dalmations… who seem to be pretty hungry. The entire Fire Department is horribly injured.
Kent Brockman goes on the air to tell the people of Springfield there is now more Fire Department. Bad news for the guy in the burning house. Luckily (?) it seems many watching the broadcast decide they should volunteer. Like Homer, Moe, Skinner, Apu. Quimby turns over the safety of the city to them, due to they were the first 4 people to show up. Their training consists of a pamphlet that came with a Fire Extinguisher.
It doesn’t take long before the 4 are called to their first fire at Luigi’s. They’re rewarded with all the food they want, on the house. Almost makes up for them not getting paid.
The boys continue to use their “skills” around town. Like pulling Wolfcastle out of his demolished vehicle with the jaws of life and getting jackets from his not so successful movies in return. The perks are the best.
The guys are becoming accustomed to thinking they should be rewarded after every “life saving” moment. That is until Mr. Burns. He only tells them thank you then leaves. This does not sit well with them, especially “Fire Chief” Moe… so he “fallows” a burning ember into Mr Burns Mansion and the Priceless Treasures room where he helps himself to “Fire Damaged” goods. This continues as they “save” more locations and go home with more “Fire Damaged” goods as a reward. This stops quickly when Marge stumbles upon the group taking “Fire Damage” goods from The Sharper Mark-Up.
Marge and the Kids guilt Homer with their sad faces to change his ways. He confronts Moe at another Building. He tells Moe they need to stop what they are doing and change their ways. As the Building crumbles around Moe & Apu, Homer saves them and they decide they should stop stealing.
There you have it, a few times during the TV Series that the Volunteer Fire Department showed up along with some silly hi-jinks. Also, just a drop in the hat of the many times we have seen fires and Fire Engines in the Simpsons World.
Did you remember these episodes? Did you remember all of the Characters that actually were Volunteers outside of the 4 in the Event? Are there other items you wish would make it into the Event? Let us know.