Thanks for the additional info on the bailout clip Frank! - I couldn't agree more with your statement. We do quite a bit with escape systems in the FF Rescue/Survival and RIT courses we teach and too many FFs don't fully appreciate the need for repetition - but that can be said for everything we do in the Fire Service!
Beyond promoting prevention, I think we sometimes fail to reinforce the importance of understanding not only the strengths, but also the limitations of the equipment we carry and tactics we perform. Even those who obtain "expert" knowledge have no guarantees – If there were, FF LODDs would be a thing of the past.
Keep up the great work you’re doing and thanks again for the correspondence!
-Not fighting fires in vacant buildings is in fact not doing your job; its a culture of fear and cowardice being forced on unwitting and frightened firefighters.
-More to the point this mindset ignores the fact that someone may in fact be inside the vacant building; homeless, children playing... even the guy who started the fire, regardless of his intentions still deserves the FD attempting to find him and extinguish the blaze. The fact is that short of a lightning strike or mice playing with matches, vacant buildings do not set themselves on fire! That means someone got inside and set the fire; malicious or accidental is irrelevant, that person may still be inside!!
-Anything less is subscribing to a culture of fear that is being sold to the fire dept under the guise of firefighter safety; this is unadulterated, uncensored, pure and simple BS . As Tom Brennen put it, this culture of fear is brought to you by the same people who created purple vests to identify the guy handing out vests.
-Fulfilling the office of firefighter is often times a risky endeavor. Firefighting is about calculated risks not foolish chances but risks all the same. If it's too scary find another line of work.
Thanks Frank for your key note speech at FDIC. I was stunned at the end, one to see that I'm not the only one out there with similar views. Two, for fighting for all of our rights. Keep going forward, also would like to meet you some time personally and chat.
Hey no problem man, your doing great things for the fire service, and Im proud to be associated with ya. Fort Bliss is kinda on the other side of the world from us. Texas is so darn big! You came down and Taught a RIT class huh....hmmm...interesting. Our Dept could use a smack in the face about our RIT Program! Hope all is well...talk to ya soon.
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