Thinking you know more than training, NFPA & OSHA
What does everyone think?
You know the people I'm talking about - the guys who think they know more than everyone who wrote the books, made the standards, etc.
It is less than uncommon to hear someone in my area infer that "those guys at NFPA don't know what's going on around here" or "we don't have to follow that" or "sometimes you just have to break the rules".
Now I agree that sometimes rules need to be bent or broken, but certainly not on a regular basis. While fire is an emergency to others, it's a standard work environment for us. There are exceptions - but they are rare and extreme.
My opinion is that the "guys" who wrote NFPA standards and "the books" and all the articles in magazines are "guys" who come from the same roots as us. They've all had their noses to the floor and been in those "extreme" situations just like us. In many cases, they've been fighting fire for longer than many of their doubter's lives! I think they know what they're talking about - I think they say what they say for a reason. And I think that these guys are at the top making these ruling for a reason, not just for hoots.
What do you think?