From Backstep Firefighter

Do you realize that it has been five months since the infamous “Shot Heard ‘Round the Firehouse”? In that time, there have been 14 articles written devoted to “Examining the process of firefighting to see if there is a better and safer way to operate”. Was this an employer directed punishment, an adult version of writing “I will not be aggressive at house fires” one hundred times? Hardly; instead it is a lesson to all of us that what was said in April is doctrinally, strategically and tactically sound. There are two main camps of firefighters these days. Ones who are quick to rally around the flag, jump in on the hype and drama and end up being nothing more than a clanging cymbal. Then there are the others, the ones who know what they do, without need to prove it to anyone and who do it smartly, efficiently and share their knowledge with others.

What group are you in?

There are enough of these below to do at least one drill a week from now to the end of the year, with some time in between. Look them up; share them, discuss them, see what your department can do with the principles given. It would be a lot better than surfing for that old FDIC speech video.

Tactical Safety – The Engine Company Search
Tactical Safety – Residential Hose Estimate
Tactical Safety – Too Much Hose
Tactical Safety – Tool Placement
Tactical Safety – The Washdown
Tactical Safety – Cellar Stairs
Tactical Safety – The Why Behind Two Floors Below
Tactical Safety – An Attack Company
Tactical Safety – Bleeding the Hoseline
Tactical Safety – Officer to the Fire
Tactical Safety – Leaving a Guide at the Door
Tactical Safety – Swinging the Axe
Tactical Safety – An Area of Refuge
Tactical Safety – Entry Door Check

Stock Tip
Word of Mouth
Making Johnny a Poor Leader
The Housewatch

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Comment by Bill Carey on September 29, 2009 at 2:28pm
No, you're fine; I supposed that with all the talk following Ray McCormack's FDIC speech, that it would be well known even with the slightest hint. Google "Culture of Extinguishment" and take your pick, or go here, and catch up.

The two camps refers to what firefighters did after the dust settled. Here we have a veteran fire officer who spoke his mind, maybe to a degree that should have been tempered considering representation, and many jumped in with support of his philosophy. Others voiced their support of Lt. McCormack's dressing down, if you will, and the overwhelming need to sacrifice many tactics in the name of safety. What I and others have been following is the fact that some in the fire service, while supporting the initial "culture of extinguishment" philosophy, left it right after FDIC. It is what is known in social media, and sociology now, as 'participatory culture'; everyone participates in the hype, the uprooar, the cool and "in", and very, very few go any deeper than the surface. Ray's articles are a deeper look at the knowledge behind why he said what he said - and they apply to all of us; not just large urban departments. So, there are two camps; one who spent time trying to download "the speech" and another group that knew what he was talking about and see it in the articles he's written since.

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