Hey Cap, I read this article today in fire engineering magazine, can we go out and try it this well hole stretch. Kid what do you think your in New Yorker City that crap don’t work here we are SUBURBAN FIREFIGHTERS. Hey Lou, I read this article from this guy that says attacking from the burned side is OK, yeah shut your pie hole kid we have been doing that forever. There is no guy from down South who is gonna tell me something I don’t know or ever give me a new perspective on the way I do things. I’m a URBAN FIREFIGHTER. OK so are you sick of the BS already so am I. Have we now become such a pretentious service that we are cutting our own throats and DISHONORING OUR GREATEST TRADITION OF TRAINING. You see it makes no logical sense in my mind why FIREFIGHTERS would be caring on, on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and even some articles trying to be Civil, but still all the while stoking the flames of this Civil War. I understand a little of the Civil War, I live in Charleston, SC and in some ways still see the Battle Being Fought Today.
In the picture above one famed author wrote ”
I Can Think of No More Stirring Symbol of Man’s Humanity to Man than a Fire Engine “
Why do you think that was wrote because of the professionals we are suppose to be and act like. I feel almost certain when Fire Service Leaders like Chief Brannigan, Brennan, Clark, Dunn, Fried, and Layman where not setting out to be Legendary they saw a service that they loved a void that was missing and wanted to be apart of bringing more firefighters home.
Sadly today what is taking place is firefighters are looking to become Fire Service Rock Stars. Coming up with Acronym after Acronym when the Fire Service is rather simple and to me is made of COMMON SENSE AND PREPARATION; Yet it appears we are continuing to try and reinvent the wheel when what is needed is TRAINING. Some fire service leaders are working tirelessly to ensure the Profession of the Fire Service is maintained as Andy Fredrick’s use too say by Research, Research, Research. I not going to post or even began to track down the post or articles I have read with the banter back and forth, but will offer this ” The Fire Service is more in need of Leadership now than the Monumental my First Nozzle, Hook, and Irons Ego’s I see today. To note: It’s not always the people in the spotlight causing the problems.
In the above pictures the Acronyms SLICERS or DICERS don’t really matter to me at all. What matters is that Firefighters Urban or Suburban understand that all Buildings are a six sided box. As one of mentors Chief Tim Stephenson has often said you must know what is above you, behind you, below you, and beside you at all times. He was teaching Situational Awareness before it was Situational Awareness. What was being created was the ” The Thinking Firefighter “. Firefighters also need to Understand as Chief Layman wrote long ago about taking Fog Nozzles and applying the Stream inside of a compartment. Not only did Chief Layman write about it and tell you it was no good, but your BASIC Fire School should have taught you that you have Fire, Heat, and Smoke and they all provide mass filling up the compartment ( Structure ) if introduce the volumes of air that come off of a fog nozzle into the compartment and it is not ventilated or under ventilated where do those combustion products go. The path of least resistance meaning the doorway you are in.
The other Basics that apply whether you are Suburban or Urban is that petroleum based products and the chemicals involved have more than doubled the BTU’s coming off products burning inside of a structure. Today’s Modern Fire Environment does not allow for you to be flowing any less than 150 gpm or you are simply tickling the fire until it runs out of fuel to burn. So this should help with the debate of Fog vs Smooth.
Firefighters also need to understand in today’s Modern Fire Environment we still have to have the Sense’s of our Forefathers past. Now that we have the PPE like pictures above, we get further deeper into fires, and forget the sense of feel. When the heat is so intense and you have not even found the seat of the fire, what should that tell you? Again another situation in which the fire or gear does not care if you are a Suburban or Urban firefighter.
The point of the post is to simply say God gave you two ears and one mouth. Take the opportunity to learn from all who are willing to share their experiences. Why should it matter where they are from. Evaluate the skill being shown and see if it is effective for your operations. Some will be and some won’t. Learn to appreciate Firefighters from all backgrounds for what they bring to the table and the effort they have given to make the service better. If letters on the Back of a Turnout Coat is what is most important to you, well then BMA!