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Paul Comb's illustration reminds me of the actions one might witness in so many of the nations firefighters ...when the alarm sounds the old adrenaline rush kicks in, and unfortunately it sometimes erases all memory of the hundreds of hours we've invested in training to be safe; suddenly our driving skills are comparable to to those of Earnhardt or Foyt while our knee crams our foot to the floorboard while it is on top of the gas pedal. Adrenaline turns due regard into first due, regardless where you stand in the response chain, and all to often irresponsibility is overlooked by company officers who lose control during the adrenaline overdose.

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Comment by Michael Bricault (ret) on July 30, 2010 at 11:46am
-Very well said. All to often firefighters and officers alike put their brain on hold during the alarm and decisions aren't made but rather action is stumbled into.
-We must all remember to slow down. After all, firefighters do not respond to emergency; they solve problems. Once we remember that fact we will all slow down and think more clearly and make good decisions.

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