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Why is change hard to accomplish in the fire service when it comes to new tactics or equipment? I will start this by saying that sometimess we just don't know what we don't know. We think that what we are doing works well or at least good enough.

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In regards to not knowing what we don't know. Sifu Bruce Lee said "that before he started training 'a punch was just a punch and a kick was just a kick.' Then as he developed his art a punch was not just a punch and a kick was not just a kick. But after he mastered his art it turns out A PUNCH IS JUST A PUNCH AND A KICK IS JUST A KICK."
In other words sometimes we overcomplicate our job. The problem isn't with the new dudes but with us older dudes. I recognize it and welcome change.

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