TV Show Friends – the United States, sitcom. (Season 3 Episode 23)


[Scene: Central Perk, Chandler, Joey, and Rachel are there, as Phoebe enters with her date.]

Phoebe: (to her date) Okay, and then this is the coffee house.

Phoebe: Vince is a fireman.

Rachel: Wow! Have you ever rescued anyone from a burning building before?

Vince: 98 hot saves, highest in the force.


What did he mean by "hot saves"? a save from "hot" places, or a "hot = exciting" save? Or something else maybe? And is "Hot save" a firemen terminology in real life in the USA?

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    What exactly does this have to do with IKEA? – WS2 Nov 24 '15 at 17:18
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    Aside from Ricky's excellent find of an instance from 2009 (which figures in several online stories about the same heroic rescue), I found only one occurrence of "hot save[s]" in the relevant sense—from a skeptics forum in 2001. My searches included the words fire and rescue to help winnow out false-positive matches, so I may have excluded some true positives for "hot save[s]" as well, but the total number of instances is still probably quite small. My conclusion: The term "hot save[s]" is not widely known or used. – Sven Yargs Nov 24 '15 at 19:07
  • ... There is, however, an unrelated sense of the term in computer programming, according to this source from 2004: "The term hot save refers to storing data to the stack and reading it back as a result of using a high number of registers." Otherwise, Google Books searches yield no meaningful matches for "hot save" or "hot saves." – Sven Yargs Nov 24 '15 at 19:14

"On the force," not "in the force."

A hot save is saving someone's life by pulling them from the fire. Yes, it's common among firemen in the U.S.

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