Around mid-day, a structural response was transmitted for "a light smoking" inside of a gym facility. One of those dispatches where so many are tempted to judge the outcome of the call before they even get on the fire truck, and their conduct on the scene then reflects that attitude. Nationally, this complacency too often results in a predictable surprise that we call a tragedy. As I was in the area, I responded on the call and noted the following actions being carried out by responding companies:
As you might imagine, it was a smoking light ballast and was quickly scaled back to 1 & 1. As companies picked up, the tower company continued to set their rig up. They practiced positioning for a storefront fire, tilting the rig to maximize scrub, and flying the bucket to the roof, ground off the rear, and over the front - giving several crew members a turn at the controls. I am proud to say that none of this is an uncommon occurrence in my Department.
What's the point?
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Aristotle
What are your habits?