Why am I still Anchorpoint?

I’ve been writing on this blog for most of 3 years.  I started out afraid of what my peers would think of me, of my statements. That was why I chose to use a pen name.  I’ve grown past that but still can’t shake the pen name.  By now most of you know who I am and where I work, and that’s fine.   Now in this stage of my career and public writing I’m not ashamed of what I say and I’m not afraid of the comments that I might generate.  Although I have written some pretty poor articles in the past, that is all part of the process.

Now I hide behind a pen name for another reason. I want my articles to start a dialogue. I don’t want you to say Oh he’s from ______(Insert locality here) they do it differently or he has only been on the job for ___ number of years.   I know I may sound like a hippie, maybe a psychiatrist, or maybe an abusive father at times but it’s true.  I want you, the reader, to say “hey, I think that’s B.S.” and call me out.  I want you to force me to defend my position.  I don’t want you to let me stand on my soapbox and preach my version of the truth to you.  Tell me, and all the other readers how YOU do it.  I won’t get offended.

Here is a great example from 2010:  http://firefighterbasics.com/2010/08/water-rescue-basics/

Nate Q’s department does it differently than us.  After some back and forth we discover the hazard is quite different in 2 different parts of the country,  It’s the same job done right 2 different ways, and that’s a good thing.  I learned, he learned and everybody that read the interaction got some insight.

I would like to see some of the people that contact me off line to just go ahead and comment.  Use a pen name if you have reservations.  As long as you keep it civil we can move our industry to a safer, better educated place.  Don’t let me or any other fire service author get by with unchecked ramblings.

I’ll leave you with a rule from a creative writing class I took (and barely passed);

Always be skeptical and read between the lines.  If the author is defending one part of a statement and not another, ask yourself (and in this case ask the author) WHY.

Stay safe

3 Comments

  • Firestudent says:

    This is BS. Now you want to be challenged. I don’t care where you from, garbage can spew from anywhere. I am ready for your next article. Just you wait.

  • anchorpoint1 says:

    Ha-ha, maybe “challenged” as opposed to “CHALLENGED”. I think I’ve pretty well proven garbage can spew from me.
    The only comments I don’t welcome are spam and off topic ramblings. Some ramblings are pretty entertaining though.

  • Capitol9 says:

    This is refreshing. I hear so often “his resume this” or “his resume that.” I don’t care where the writer is from, I care about the stuff he’s throwing out. You’re only as good as your next fire.

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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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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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