"Let's be honest, what was the unrelated call they were responding to in the first place? That call should and would take precedence over stopping to break something up. Now if other rigs were responding to that other call and made the…"
"Quite simply, it should be a scratch, the dept can not meet the needs requested.
Now, because I'm not the sort to just leave it at that, the question would be as to why a driver is only qualified for the Squirt? To me, that seems pretty…"
"I bet it is fair to say that everyone goes through this at some point. I know I have ebbs and flows depending on things. The biggest thing tends to be the crew and the station banter that helps lift things. Although this can also hinder if you have…"
Good luck in your endeavors, but be prepared for a let down. I happen to chair our health and safety committee here and if such an issue were to be addressed here, i could likely tell you the response I would get. I'm willing to bet…"
What are some of the questions being asked?
What is your deparment size (stations and personnel)?
How many stations are doing this trial?
What is your call volume?
I don't know about specific studies.....and quite honestly I…"
"In many areas in the country it is all about ass kissing, begging or whatever you want to call it.
It really does come down to perspective, and part of that perspective will be individually dept related. One can not assess the realities of…"
"It's all about perspective.
Years ago, I probably would have worn such a shirt. Today, I wouldn't. The reason is because my perspective has changed from being a young, energetic, eager newbie FF, to being in the realities of the job now. I…"
"What we get are general questions, EXACTLY, as we see in this post..."
This quote is lifted directly from your post on page 3 of this thread. So yes, I do care to point out where you said it.
Yep, you're right, I did say that, but did you…"
"Not sure Zach, but I do believe that the term "quint" is universal among mfgs.
When it comes to equipment, well, that depends upon the dept. What kind of equipment are you looking more at that you don't currently see? There should be…"
These are your words that I find disingenuous:
The real truth is that some of the departments using this tactic do not have a lot of firefighting experience. Again, not arrogance. It is what it is. I don't see how a firefighter or fire…"
"...........I do not have a problem with anyone using this tactic at all. I don't know your area or what your training levels are.........
It is my belief that every department knows or should know their limitations. It is not for me to tell…"
When you say "But I do worry about firefighter safety in departments other than my own" To me, that has an appearance of arrogance and doesn't appear genuine. It seems to imply that those depts that have trained on and have…"
"I've read many comments and this is a controversial topic, but it really does boil down to training and an option. If your dept does not do this, then don't worry about it. If your dept does, then I would hope you have trained and are…"
"I get what you are saying here and I can agree, which I why I suggested it is possible to incorporate basic skill work along with some more advanced situational training. So instead of focusing on doing just a Denver drill training, incorporate…"
Hello John, I saw your reply to the "Good Ole Boys" topic and wanted to ask you, how you feel in regards to me when you see my info and discussions? Just curious, I am always looking to improve myself and I actully respect the opinions of people like you who have experience in the field.
Thanks, that is interesting. I will admit I have been around for a while but when I was hired we had 17 engines and 6 trucks, a rescue and an ambulance, 87 on duty. We now have 13 engines, 3 trucks and a rescue with 56 on duty. That is while going from 6,000 calls a year (for the whole department) in 1978 to 32,000 last year. More with less, we are severely short handed.