When Dad joined the 'Grafton Street Gang' in '71, he worked in the Town Hall next to the fire station. It was the procedure, on receiving a 'shout', that the first man in would take the message from Control and start the log; times, address, which pump/s and incident type etc.
The downside to this was that you missed out on riding the engines to the incident. It only took a few day time calls and occasions doing the watchroom duties for Dad to get wise.
Rather than speed from the Town Hall to the fire station and be compelled to do the administration while others clambered aboard the engines and tore off to the fire, he would divert and hide in the toilets in Grafton Passage (the toilet entrance was directly opposite the side entrance to the station). From here he would watch for the first person to enter the station, and follow shortly after. He employed this tactic for three years until his work caused him to relocate to County Hall.
Over those years he was not the only fireman to use this manouvre and occasionally was joined in the public toilets by a cunning chum.