Paris Fire Department extinguished the competition with sirens blaring when they released their rendition of the lip sync challenge.
With about 119,000 views and featuring 17 different firefighters from Paris Fire Department, the lip sync video peers into the various firefighters’ personalities with each song in dream sequences, aside from one.
Cade Oats, Paris Fire Department driver engineer, said the songs were easy to choose because “a few songs, the guys wanted to do automatically.
“Like the George Straight song [‘The Fireman’]. You have to do that one,” Oats said. “Jay Daughtrey had the idea of doing the ‘My Hero’ song [by Foo Fighters] with us dressed up as the cops, and then Broadway and Lea [Emerson] and Jeff [Davis] had a lot of ideas.”
Oats said when they were challenged by Paris Police Department, he asked firefighters in the department to let him know if they wanted to
take part in the challenge.
“I was very pleased in the amount of guys who wanted to do it,” Oats said. “We had 17 guys who said, ‘if possible, we want to do it.’ There were some guys who didn’t want to have a lead role, just kind of wanted to be in the background the total number of guys we had was awesome.”
“The way the dream sequences came up, we liked the ones that had the different songs instead of just one, that way we could capture more of peoples’ personalities,” Oats said. “Broadway said, ‘How about we do them in a dream?’ And we came up with the idea of everybody in there focused on them having their dreams.”
Though most songs were lip synced in dream sequences, even the daydream, one was not. “Barbie Girl,” lip synced by Chase Reynolds who is hired by Paris Fire Department and in Fire Academy, sung wearing a tutu when he believes all firemen are responding to a call.
“The rookie was still in there and knew we were all gone,” Oats said. “That’s when he broke out in his routine while he didn’t think anyone was there. Then we were all sitting there disappointed in him.”
Oats said Reynolds did the song “Barbie Girl” for a computer class in school, and they found it on YouTube.
“We found that and made him redo that one,” Oats said. “Then one of the guys, he’s always walking around singing ‘Thunder’ [by Imagine Dragons], so we had him do that.”
Dreyton McCarthy, known as “one of the work out gurus on our team,” synced to “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.
“We thought we’d get his beef-caked self up on that wrecking ball,” Oats said. “No one wants to see my skinny butt up there.”
Fire services and police have always had a friendly rivalry between one another. Oats said since Paris Police Department challenged them, they wanted to incorporate a bit hinting toward the rivalry.
“They didn’t necessarily take any shots at us, so we were kind of hesitant on doing it, because we didn’t know how it would be received,” Oats said. “But at the same time we thought, ‘we have to do something, because it’s always been there.’ We wanted to do something fun and not distasteful toward them.”
Toward the end of the video, Oats said Sparky, Paris Fire Department’s mascot, pulls off his head revealing Paris Fire Chief Larry Wright as the one dancing throughout the video as the mascot.
“At first chief was very hesitant,” Oats said. “He didn’t want to be involved, but we got him at the end to take the Sparky helmet off. We were glad he participated as well.”
After about an hour meeting Monday, filming began at about 10:30 a.m. and finished at about 3 p.m. Oats said they picked back up Tuesday at about 9:30 a.m. and finished shooting at about 2 p.m.
“It was pretty much constant filming during that time,” Oats said. “We had a meeting about an hour long throwing around ideas. We got the basic idea of the shoot down, and then we went right into filming the bedroom scene where everyone was asleep, and then Monday, we did “The Fireman” song and Tuesday, we did the rest of it.”
Oats said there was no time to rehearse.
“They’re all pretty much well-known songs anyway,” Oats said.
Demonstrating how Paris Fire Department is filled with firemen who are also people in the community, Oats said the video helps the fire department better interact with the community.
“When we can get out into the public and interact with the public, whether it be the Texas Night Out or the Pumpkin Festival, is good,” Oats said. “Anytime we can show them we’re human like anyone else, is good. Just Monday morning, we had a real bad accident out on 271, and then being able to come back and do that, it gave us a break from some of the stuff we deal with on duty.”
Paris Fire Department passed the axe to Greenville Fire Department, and in honor of fallen officer Darrin Reed, Show Low, Arizona Police Department.
Paris Fire Captain Dale Reed’s brother, Darrin Reed was killed in the line of duty in November 2016 when answering a disturbance call.