Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It will never fail you

Anyone subscribing to "The Secret List" has seen quite a bit of communication from Chief Billy G in their inbox this week.  There have been 3 widely covered Maydays this week, most notably the one that occurred at the fire in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. 

I'm not here to dissect that incident or any other.  Furthermore, the only reason I am posting it is so that it may be a stark reminder that it can happen to any of us at any time.   I just wanted to throw out a short post with a few thoughts I've gleaned from listening to the audio and reading articles shedding light on these situations.

There are days we put our gear on the truck that will test our mettle.  We had damned sure better be prepared.  Technology will fail you.  Turnout gear will fail you.  Your radio may not get out.  Your flashlight will die.  When the chips are down, what is the only thing aside from your crew members that you can rely on?  Your training.  Don't pay lip service to it.  Train like your life depends on it, because it does.

If we are not well versed in self-survival procedures, we are setting ourselves, our crew, and our department up for failure.  Train, and train hard.  You owe that to the people waiting on you to return home safely from your shift.

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