My daughters boyfriend just graduated with honors from the prestigious Pasadena Art Center College of Design with a BFA in Film Production - Editing, and with honors. Being the dad, attending the graduation, I had no idea that the guy dating my daughter was so damn talented. Needless to say, I still feel amazed knowing that this kid has a really bright future ahead of him. Don't you just love creativity and brilliance?
Unfortunately, the fire service is not really known for being all that 'creative'. What a shame. The attitude of 'we do it this way... because!' just doesn't cut it for me. Company officers who stifle their younger firefighters instead of cultivating new and innovative ideas should step back and ask themselves if their attitude is really a good one for the fire service. Allowing creativity, and I want to specify that I am talking about training and multi-media communication to both the public and in house, should be current, designed to capture the attention of today's generation.
Teaching methods used 30 years ago don't have the same relevance anymore. Our world is multimedia orientated, and we need to embrace this to capture the attention and minds of today's generation of firefighters.
We need to strive for excellence, knowing that we can always do better. My friend Dan taught me this through his passion for excellence as an up an coming film editor. Here's an example of his work and where I think fire service training should be headed.
Emmy Award Winner: Best Commercial 2010 An all out game of war using Canon cameras. CANON Cameras were handed out to various people and many of their shots made it in the commercial.