Pledge to the Basics for the New Year

I have seen some great post so far about the 2011 firefighter. All great suggestions and I felt like I would contribute to it in my own words. Firefighters in 2011 really need to commit to getting back to the basics. Almost anytime you inquire about a firefighter injury or a firefighter death it was because the basics in some way were not followed. I’m now seeing engine firefighters who are carrying so many tools they can’t commit to the stretch or even worse can’t estimate it. Firefighters claiming to be truckies, but can’t carry and extension ladder by themselves and forget raising it alone. It can’t be said enough that solid engine and truck work are the foundation for a successful fire ground. Firefighters should also start in 2011 to really focus on how modern day practices of building construction are really affecting us. Brothers like Chief Chris Naum, Chief Cline, Chief Dunn, and many others whom if I try to list by name, will run out of room on this post have dedicated there lives to researching and putting out information on how buildings are built and how they behave when involved by fire. It appears by the line of duty deaths and the lack of training during the initial phases of basics fire training. My hope is that the 2011 firefighter will shed the ghost of Bad Tradition, and embrace what is good, and make some good Traditions of there own. It is now time for us to start being the professionals that we are no matter paid, or volunteer; be accountable for our actions and hold each other accountable for our actions and recognize no matter where you are, you are still a firefighter. So for 2011 I hope all firefighters will pledge to become better at our profession and honor those who have gone before us.

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  • Rick Decorie says:

    Amen brother. I try to teach the basics whenever I can. I have seen many different lists for the basics, but mine are SCBA, search and rescue, ventilation, and forcible entry.

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Firefighter Basics launched in February 2009 after Founder/Editor Marques Bush was looking for a way to express himself and share his experiences with brother and sister firefighters. Shortly after founding the site Marques spoke with several trusted friends and ask them to come on board and contribute also. Firefighter Basics is a dedicated group of firefighters who strive everyday to practice what they preach about Training, Safety, and Tradition.  We can be reached at firefighterbasics@gmail.com

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