From Ray McCormack's Urban Firefighter Facebook page...
Bing-freaking-o!A Bell Should Go Off
By Ray McCormack
When firefighters don't know where change is coming from, a bell should go off.
When firefighters are told what to do by those who have never worn the boots, a bell should go off.
When firefighters are told to change by people who no longer fight fires, a bell should go off.
When firefighters recite slogans they don't understand, a bell should go off.
When firefighters are told that their culture is bad, a bell should go off.
When firefighters are taught by those who have never done it, a bell should go off.
Excuse we while I answer some bells.
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04-01-2013, 04:40 PM #1
A bell should go off..."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
04-01-2013, 11:14 PM #2
- Join Date
- Feb 2011
- Poconos, Pa
Just saw this on my Facebook. LT Ray is deff someone I'd like to meet and pick his brain for a month or 6.
04-03-2013, 11:08 PM #3
- Join Date
- Jan 2007
I'm glad there are people like him that write for big fire publications or else all we could read about is how to stay outside and avoid being firemen. A lot of chiefs would be well served to ride the trucks again with the modern equipment. Even though the SCBA has gotten pounds lighter, it seems everything else we carry has become heavier and we are adding more stuff too.
04-03-2013, 11:50 PM #4
I'm sorry, I saw the title of this thread and all I could think of was that I haven't ate yet.Co 11
Virginia Beach FD
Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. Which one are you?
'The fire went out and nobody got hurt' is a poor excuse for a fireground critique.
04-13-2013, 12:22 PM #5
- Join Date
- Mar 2012
It would seem then, that when the NFPA speaks a bell should go off. I thought it was just a ringing in my ears.
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