The latest crop of future leaders emerged from the physically and mentally demanding fire academy 1 week ago. First off; Congratulations, and great job. Welcome to the best job on Earth.
Now that we got past that “LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING KID…“:
1.Forget EVERYTHING you learned in the academy. Those book smart idiots don’t know shit about how real firefighters work.
2. Top priority everyday is to make sure the coffee is made. Get your equipment ready after that.
3. Learning your streets is your second priority after the coffee. I know you aren’t allowed behind the wheel for a year but you need to know all the streets right now. Where’s Action Court? Ha, Wrong! It’s a street off Action Road that doesn’t have any buildings on it, actually it’s just a named driveway, learn your streets kid.
4. Never leave the truck without a tool. if it’s a minor car accident bring the pick head axe. The ambulance drivers can do the medical crap, that’s beneath us.
5. Always carry the pick head axe when investigating alarms. It looks cool as hell and you can hit things with it.
6.If you wear your tank while investigating an alarm you are a punk and/or scared.
7. Take that suspension and ear flap crap out of your helmet. You look stupid. As a matter of fact we could put in the oven for a couple of minutes and take that shine off.
8.In order to be a more streamlined and effective firefighter you have to control your weight. Dump the search rope, pliers, cable cutters. Take the liner out of your Bunker pants. You already have an integrated pass so get rid of that stand alone nonsense. Now let’s get some cake and watch Wheel of Fortune.
9.Those guys down the street on the west side are so caught up following the book that they forgot they are supposed to be aggressive firefighters. If you see them stop to catch a hydrant drive around them and we’ll run a line off the tank. We’ll be alright but if we run out they can fill us.
10. I’ve been on this job so long that I don’t need to check my equipment or the truck. Besides, the guy yesterday should have done it all.
11. I don’t care if you are a grown man who did 3 deployments to Afganistan as a combat medic. You don’t know what you’re talking about, I’m a better medic than you’ll every be.
12. “There I was at that 4 alarm fire……Just me….against the Red Devil…..”
This is advice I’ve heard people tell Probies. Most of these are direct quotes. The caliber of leadership can sometimes be astounding.