Lighten Up, Francis.

Today, I checked in over at the new Daily Fire Fix, where you can get a quick audio of today's happenings in the fire service.  They're also on iTunes.

One of their stories covered a subject near and dear to my heart, and what I believe is to be THE fire service story of 2012. 

No, I'm not talking about who the real fire critic is, or who fathered him.  Sorry to disappoint, that's already being covered.          

I know, I feel the same way. 

Anyway, I’m talking about the burgeoning heated debates on victim survivability profiling. 

There seems to be room for seating only on the two extreme sides of the fence on this one- be too safe, or too aggressive.  Why just two sides?  Are we so closed-minded that we can’t consider there may be an alternative to this black and white thinking? 

Can we just agree that we need to be SMARTER- instead of demonizing the Safety Sallys, or Testosterone Induced Warriors?  If the thought of developing a few more synapses to a few more brain cells is daunting to you, then maybe you ought to consider making your “second job” your only job.  Because we can’t give up on the thinking that is needed now more than ever.

We don’t have the same staffing, the same leaders, the same fires,- NOTHING IS AS IT WAS just 5 years ago folks.  Like it or not, the way we think about the fireground doesn’t apply anymore. 

The game board has changed.  If we can’t change with it, we’re heading for what one Chief has called 2012’s Perfect Storm.

Check out “Billy Goldfeder’s ‘More Facts, Less Emotion” to read why we need to change the way we have been looking at the way we operate, specifically on the “go-no-go” situation. 

Then lighten up, Francis, and get thinking.

Stay stoked!

-J

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Rob
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I was a volunteer for almost twenty years. When our members were police officers, they could carry on duty, concealed. I remember one night when I was the operator (driver) and responding to a house fire, three of the four firefighters on the truck were PD. I was handed three sidearms to take care of!…
2014-01-27 22:54:00
bhill
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
"lockbox on the truck" Does he carry his weapon in a lock box while on duty as a Deputy? I'm thinkin' not. Am I willing to use deadly force, and then turn around and try to save their life after I shoot them? Ain't happening. "individuals with police/weapons training" - the training teaches shoot to…
2014-01-27 19:33:00
Ken Nelson
Packing heat with our halligan and a Glock by our gloves?
I believe individuals with police/weapons training should carry fire arms. In our station's situation, our assistant chief is also a sheriff's deputy. I have suggested that he have his firearm with him in a lockbox on the truck in case a need arises. In addition some personnel are current military (Reserve, National Guard) who could…
2014-01-27 18:20:00
Marianna Randazzo
We Should Be Hearing All About Mike Behette Today, Rather Than Knowing So Much About the Navy Yard Shooter.
Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my dear friend Mike. I am in the process of writing a biography/anthology of Michael's life. I would be very grateful for your input. Please contact me on FB, Marianna Randazzo or Given Away, A SIiclian Upbringing. Respectfully yours, Marianna
2013-12-07 02:51:00
Fire Daily
WARNING: This video is graphic and depicts a man being rescued from his burning home.
Yes, Becky, I saw that too. As I was told by an ER doc many moons ago, "a patient without an airway is a dead patient." Not all firefighters are EMT's, and some may not have basic first aid skills- instead relying on a concurrent response from an emergency EMS agency. Not sure in this…
2013-11-27 11:27:00

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