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Grant Schwalbe's Blog – February 2016 Archive (2)

Words Matter

In our world decisions are made in a split second.  In our world victims in a house fire have minutes not ‘tens of minutes’.  In our world first reports are often wrong.  In our world, words said over the radio have an effect on operations.  Those words can mean the difference between an aggressive interior search and a passive secondary only search.  We all know…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on February 15, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

If Not Us, Then Who?

The public has a set of expectations when they call the fire department. They expect that we will: 1) Save anyone that is inside 2) Put the fire out. 

Many departments (including mine) give awards for saves and great stops on fires.  I’m all for awards and unit citations, but if you really think about it, we are giving awards for meeting the expectations of the public.  Does any other job do that?

 

Speaking of Expectations

I set out my trash…

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Added by Grant Schwalbe on February 1, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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