As we take a look back at 2013, the fire service has lost many brothers and sister's in the LODD from responding to calls, medical emergencies, structural collapse, wildland fires and apparatus incidents to name a few. We have lost brother's and sister's to job related cancer. So, let's all take a moment and remember those who were taken from us and honor their sacrifice.
We have seen research and data come to the forefront in the fire service, which of course will bring change to our tactics and strategies, along with Fire Service myths broken. Technology is constantly evolving and changing our toolbox. Our most fundamental firefighting skill and valuable resource still requires hands on aggressive, educated and intelligent firefighters.
So I encourage everyone out there to take classes, read an article, research, network and pass on your knowledge. Honor the past, respect the tradition and be a productive and integral part of the future.
As we go forward into 2014 and being a part of the greatest profession the world has to offer, hone your craft, take pride and pay it forward. Be safe and remember your Firefighter Basics. Happy New Year!