Factgirl's fact of the day:

Firefighters are more likely to injure themselves sliding down the firehouse pole than fighting a fire. The city of Chicago (where the slidey-pole was originated in the 1870s) is replacing all of it's two-story firehouses with single floor buildings. 

Bonus fact: At a firehouse in Livermore, CA, there is a lightbulb that has been working since 1901.  If a clumsy firefighter should happen to break it, he or she would be fired on the spot.

-it's a fact

sources: Reuters & Guinness Book of World Records Millenium Edition