USFA Official: Fire Service Must Adapt to Changing World
I noticed something in one of the stories on the main page and figured I'd bring it up for discussion. The article on the main page, the same title as the thread, had a statement from a firefighter/official at the national fire academy:
Aside from demographics, he said that the job too is changing, including the tactics used by fire crews.
"Stop fighting interior fires," he said. "Don't go into those fires anymore. It's not worth it. They build disposable houses these days. Our lives are not disposable."
By fighting fires from the outside, he believes firefighters will be safer and more line of duty deaths will be prevented.
Now maybe he was taken out of context a bit by the interviewer, but I think saying "Stop fighting interior fires" is painting with too broad of a brush. I completely agree that firefighters are not disposable and that safety is important, but I think it's a disservice to the people we are supposed to be protect to not aggressively, but smartly, enter a building for search and extinguishment.
It just seems like there is a lack of a balanced approach in tackling fire service issues. I think health screenings and physicals would go a long way in cutting LODD's coupled with new technology for PPE. Instead of advocating better training and firefighter fitness, we seem to be moving toward Risk Nothing to Save Nothing everytime out.
Obviously not all department have that philosophy or will abandon it in favor of super safety practices.
Just trying to stir some discussion. :)