Is it me or do departments today rely more on electronic tools than before?
TIC is one.
Computers on our trucks.
Power point presentations.
Cell phone and Nextel.
Are we as the fire service getting to the point where we can not fight fire anymore without a Thermal Imaging Camera as the first thing off our trucks?
Do you feel that we depend on these things more now and if so - should we?
When I started (a thousand years ago) we wore day boots and long coats and fireball gloves. The gear we just purchaced has Kevlar lining and a built in repel harness.
I'm no saying that we don't need the stuff we have just are we not letting our ears and eyes do some work for us. You knew it was time to get out when your ears got hot not when a temp gauge on your TIC said it was hot.
If I'm just old and gray say it or help me understand a little better or tell me I'm not the only one.