You know I recall seeing a Paul Combs picture of a news lady showing the one thing that went wrong. And theres always firefighters dogging the news for ridiculing fire departments for mishaps on the fire seane.
Yet I can find lots of Youtube videos where firefighters are bashing departments for the same things that news crews point out. In short we are doing the same thing that the news crews are doing!
There are times I scroll thru some pages on Facebook and the pages are great for learning tools. And there are folks who give an "out of the box" view and they were crucified for it.
Hazing and such has and always will be a part of the fire service but what we need realize is that we are doing the same thing as the news crews.
Just look at the above video many of us in the fire service have seen this video and with that many of us have seen the statements that have been made regarding the safety blunder in this video. But what if citizens who are protected by this department happen to stubble across the conversations regarding this video?
You know there is another one out there
that one is a bit long but I encourage you to watch it.
Where there mistakes? Yes. But instead of using all our time ridiculing them let us learn from it and examine what went wrong and what not to do.
Another thing is as soon as you dog a department what do you do when its someone from your department making a mistake and its you all on youtube. How will that look then when the shoes on the other foot?
Another thing I have noticed is firefighters from rural areas and firefighters from urban areas tend to have different tactics and they approach things differently. But thats not an excuess for rural ff's to start dogging urban folks for there methods and vise versa. Discussions are good but not brawls over the web.
So just remember before you go and jump in on a discussion think.
1) would I want my mother reading this?
2) am I really doing anything different than the news crews?