Our circulation guy asked if I had any comments we could print as to why firefighters like you read Fire Engineering. I would love it if a few of you could give us some quotes as to why you read the magazine.
I gotta tell you a funny story from FDIC. I was in a local Indy tavern (but only to get directions to church) when I saw a guy wearing a job shirt from a town I knew someone from. I ask the guy if he knows this other guy who I went to the NFA with a few years ago from his town. The guy says yeah, that the guy I knew had been promoted to training and that he was all about himself and thought he knew it all, and on and on.
The guy in the tavern continues to rant about how nobody on the job really liked this training guy because he was always coming up with new training and drills all the time. Now they have to do this and that, like inspect more and all sorts of useless stuff.
The guy in the tavern says he never got promoted because he was no good at book learning but this training guy is only good at book learning. Everyone knows that must mean this training guy a bad firefighter! "They should try throwing the books at fire," he yells, and now I am feeling really uncomfortable.
So then he asks if this training guy is my friend, and like St. Pete in the garden I am saying no, no, faster than city manager in a budget review, throwing the rear wheels right over my former friend, that bookworm loser!
"So anyway," the guy in the tavern says, "What do you do at FDIC?"
After a very long pause I say I sell magazines.
"What one?" he asks. I say Fire Engineering.
So now he says he used to read Fire Engineering but then he retired and sent his subscription to his son. I am feeling better now, so I ask how the son likes it. He says the son cancelled Fire Engineering because it was too hard to read and then subscribed to another magazine with more stories. Apparently the son likes to read the stories. I was going to ask him if his kid was promoted but figured you just can’t argue with genetics.
So why do you read Fire Engineering?