Does anyone know where the nickname "jake" came from for firefighters?



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If memory serves me correctly this term came out of the Northeast area of the US, possibly the Boston area. Firefighters carried/carry keys to get into buildings that were called Jakes. They used them when answering alarm and fire calls. Over time the name was applied to them as well.

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SPAAMFAA member & I think I read that in a book by Fred Conway.
NO! BUT YOU KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM . WANT YOU TELL US ? SO WE CAN ALL KNOW THE ANSWER.
Well I've heard from an excellent source that "eveything's jake" means it's just fine... so the nickname for firefighters probably comes from that. If they are there, help is there.
I was a firefighter for years and never heard that as a nickname for them.

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