Year in Review by Training 38

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!

-Training38

1 Comment

  • Ladder Jack says:

    Here's to that Training 38!  It is sad that we still lose on average about 100 FFs per year, and I'm glad you're keeping this at the forefront of our memories.  Hopefully with 2014 upon us, we can continue to inspire those getting into the fire service to continue with improving themselves always; while hoping that our veterans will pass on as much as they can to the incoming generations.  Thanks for your post!

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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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