Give the best saying or phrase you use or have heard by Jeff Schwering

Many quotes and sayings, whether by well known Brother firefighters or the guy on the next due company, seem to play a part in who we are as firefighters and as Brothers! Lets see how many we can come up with. Since I’m tossing the gauntlet, I’ll be first: First In, Last Out by John Salka, “Leadership would be easy, if it wasn’t for people!”

8 Comments

  • Engine Captain Missouri says:

    You can’t send a duck to eagle school!

  • firestudent1 says:

    “I have never seen a textbook put out a fire, but have seen the well trained firefighter who read that textbook put out the fire.” Author Unknown

  • pfd24 says:

    “When the trash truck rounded the corner and none of the trashmen were yelling: ”big pile! we gotta job! we’re gonna need more gloves! get the crusher ready! HE’S GOT CARDBOARD BOXES!!!!” They’re trashmen. They expect to pick up trash. We’re firefighters, we should expect to go to fires.” —Traditions Training, Referring to radio communications.

  • Grant Mishoe says:

    “When in doubt there is no doubt”

    “If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the Gods to honour the men who make it their professional business to put it out?”

  • anchorpoint1 says:

    PFD; I love that.

  • Nate Q. says:

    “Always step off the truck with your tools. Otherwise, you might as well be standing across the street with the rest of those people.” -The senior FF on my first day.

    “A firefighter without a tool is really just a well-dressed civilian.” – Unknown

  • Training38 says:

    “On the fireground, if you become involved in a crisis situation, you will not rise to the occasion, but, rather default to your level of training.”
    -Author Unknown

    “The things that matter the most happen after the air brake is set.”
    -Author Unknown

    “Never argue with an idiot. He will bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”
    M. Penar, LFFD

  • HallwaySledge says:

    “If you think you are a fireman because you made it through the academy you’ve got another thing coming. The real learning on this job comes from graduation day forward.”

    ~Me

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Comments
Hollie Broughton
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
I was left feeling a little offended here. Trying to have an open mind, but also trying to figure out why you have to knock Pump operators so badly. Full time, I see your point. But I volunteer. And am a Pump operator/ Firefighter. I was graced with only 48 hours of training and 4…
2014-07-08 19:16:19
Jack Crais
Blanket Rules Vs Training
I enjoyed the ideas espoused in the article, but doesn't the acronym "K.I.S.S." mean "Keep it simple, stupid" or, for those who worry about hurting someone's feelings, "Keep it sweet and simple"?
2014-06-27 18:59:01
dennis
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
it was just a matter of time until this became evident in the fire serice. Unfortunately the dumbing down as you call it, could be a direct result of the nation's professional fire service being forced to hire candidates that have lower grades on their employment exams due to racial and ethnic quotas being enforced.
2014-06-25 17:46:09
Johnny
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
When I was a probie, we had pre-determined pressures, and we knew the friction loss for our hoses, but our Captain ran us through hydraulics classes. While we might not use those formulas, I'm still convinced the understanding is indispensable if one wants to be a great chauffeur.
2014-06-24 05:04:43
Ray McCormack
Is This the Dumbing Down of the Fire Service?
This is defenity part of it. When we are too busy to drill that's one thing but when we don't even get a chance to learn the options that is another issue. Complaints of lazy firefighters will only increase when technology can be blamed and used as the scapegoat for not knowing your job.
2014-06-24 01:24:00

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