Ricci Pushes 'Political Courage' at FDIC

Frank Ricci is making a name for himself in the fire service for lots of reasons, and that now includes a provocative keynote speech at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

The practice of dumbing down of exams is a form of bigotry, Ricci said, noting that statistics cannot be used to choose our leaders.

"No one deserves to retain a position under that cloud of suspicion," he said. "…Diversity cannot be achieved by handing out quotas and litigation, but by hard work, dedication and education."

Quoting Edward R. Murrow, Ricci said firefighters need to keep in mind that, "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."

"It is your choice to be the predator or the prey," Ricci said. "While our challenges will not have to be fought with blood, they will have to be fought with knowledge and political courage. Stand up and together we can take back the fire service."