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The Sunday Preach

What's in your basket?

Happy Easter to all our friends and followers. I can imagine that today many of you witnessed a similar scenario such as seen in the picture, of the 'overflowing basket of eggs.' 

As firefighters and fire officers we must avoid the tendency to become over reliant in the status quo and finding ourselves overly comfortable in operations that are routinely successful (i.e. COMPLACENT). On our job, when this happens, the results can have dire outcomes.  

While we must prepare, practice and execute those routine operations flawlessly... we must not only dwell on them. The mark of an excellent company is one that is prepared to adapt when the routine does not work. 

"We also must recognize when our methods aren’t working and when it is time to move to the next plan.” Chapter 19, Page 192

It is not to stand 'shoulders shrugged' or 'slack jawed' when a task or operation goes sideways, it is the company that can step up and step in to overcome the issue that is ultimately successful.  

Whether we are discussing options for water supply, search, fire attack, hoseline stretches or forcible entry... we must not put all our reliance on one particular method, or to 'put all our eggs in one basket.'  

For when the over reliance of that 'basket' ensues, and it breaks with no contingencies... as seen this morning in many houses, tears may be the result.  

Be brilliant with the basics, be exceptionally adaptable and be dialed in for action... at every job, EVERY SECOND COUNTS!

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