Lip Service in the Fire Service

One of the things that I enjoy about my work in the fire service is that I am given the privilege of observing the attitude and actions of a great many people towards the twin concepts of safety and training. If ever the words "lip service" had a true meaning, these would be the adjoining arenas wherein this discredited practice was truly practiced. On the other hand, perhaps the old "do as I say, not as I do" appellation could also be deemed as appropriate.

For you younger folks out there, the concept of "lip service" involves an individual's preoccupation with talking about a subject a great deal more than doing something about it. Merriam Webster's brand-new 11th Edition of the Collegiate Dictionary defines lip service as, "