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-Recently I received an email from Chief Halton in reference to a new literary work in reference to residential search and rescue during a fire. The work was written from an unusual perspective... it was written by the victim.
-I have read the piece and it does have some interesting teaching points that are valid to those of us that provide these services.
-Some that read it will be offended and some outraged, believing that this is a criticism of the fire service. In fact it is not a criticism but rather the observations and feelings of the victim himself and his opinions about the fire service; all things we should listen to.
-The validity of the work as a teaching tool for firefighters is in pointing out the disparity between what we believe we can do and what the victims think we can do; the differences in what we tell our communities we can do for them and what tactics we actually can perform.
-Every firefighter that has ever said, "well at least no one died", as a consolation for poor performance should read this piece as well.
-I have received permission from the author to link his page here. Other than having read the piece I have no connection to the author or the work. The work is in pdf format and can be found at
-Take the time and give it a read with an open mind. When reading it keep an open mind and avoid things like, "we would never do that, they should have, we could have rescued them".
-I think that if you keep an open mind you will learn some valuable things about the fire service.
-I'm interested in your thoughts.

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Comment by Michael Bricault (ret) on September 8, 2009 at 11:24pm
Couldn't agree more
Comment by Adam Miceli on September 8, 2009 at 9:01pm
I read everything on Don's site and just got my copy of Fire Face Off. my initial reaction to reading the prologue is that this should be mandatory reading for city councilors and budget committee members as well as anyone who takes any interest in their own fire safety or is a building owner. So in fact it's an "everyone" read work in my eyes. I think those who fear some of the recommendations to have civilians question the FD need to take an introspective look at what they fear. My only issue would be city hall wanting all questions to be screened for fear of the truth about some buildings and landlords being exposed.

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