02-23-2003, 08:28 AM #1
Do scenes like the RI fire dwindle our ranks?
With the terrible scenes etched in the minds of the Firefighters who responded to the tragic fire in Rhode Island, how many of those responders does the Fire Service lose, and how do we recruit new Firefighters and instill in them that these scenes could happen again?
It it bad enough when any Department has a loss of life fire, be it an individual, a family, or any, but how do we explain to prospective Firefighters the magnitude of the RI fire. How do we support the men and women who responded to this and are now so mentally scarred that their continued committment is in question? How do we try to prevent this from happening again and again and again?
My heart goes to these men and women. I hope and pray for their sanity, as I have no idea how this would affect me, if it were to happen here."The uniform is supposed to say something about you. You get it for nothing, but it comes with a history, so do the right thing when you're in it."
Battalion Chief Ed Schoales
from 'Report from Ground Zero' pg 149
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