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Change is inevitable, but there are those who cling to the past like a monkey with fuzzy hands grabbing a Velcro banana (get it? fuzzy, Velcro… ok, that was bad, but you get the visual). However, change brings progress, and progress is good. We need progress. Progress in gear, progress in apparatus, progress in technology, and progress in… wait for it… tactical reevaluation and a new understanding of fire behavior. I’m not saying to let go of tradition, tradition is what gives the fire service our rich and beautiful culture, but we need to be open minded when it comes to how we apply our trade. Progress and change are galloping at full speed and you only have two options; ride it or get off so someone else can.

Get off the horse if you’re going to ride it backwards!

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