The one-L lama, he's a priest,
The two-L llama, he's a beast,
And I will bet a silk pajama
There isn't any three-L lllama.*
* The author's attention has been drawn to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh.
-- Ogden Nash, The Bad Parents' Garden of Verse.
I guess I always assumed that a "three alarm fire" meant that crews and equipment came from three fire stations. But according to discussion at Wikipedia, the fire-rating system is different at fire departments around the country. In some cities, it refers to the number of times the dispatcher sounds an alarm and puts out calls for more responders. In other cases, it can refer to pre-determined levels of response:
According to WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., on a first alarm the city's fire department "sends 5 fire engines, 2 ladder trucks, one rescue squad and one fire chief. This is call a box alarm. If the fire is confirmed, it becomes a one-alarm fire meaning one more engine, one more ladder truck, one battalion fire chief and one ambulance. A two-alarm fire brings 4 more engines, 2 more ladder trucks, 1 more fire chief and EMS equipment, in all about 110 firefighters and 45 pieces of equipment. 3 alarms brings 4 more engines and 2 more ladder trucks. Four alarms signals a huge fire and the department sends much of the equipment it has available.Which is all just background for my question: is there an accepted way to rate a diaper? I mean, you could say a blowout's a blowout, but there are different blast patterns, different numbers of layers--and people--affected, etc.
Or is the equipment mobilized to respond--i.e., the number of wipes, the changes of clothes, new changing pads--a better gauge? Because I just woke up to a 5-wiper. And not any of these dainty, "wipe&toss, wipe&toss" wipes, either. Those first four wipes were full.