Friday, November 28, 2008

Firefighter Safety

A while back I had an opportunity to do a ride-along with a large metropolitan fire department. I don't get the chance to do that very often so it was a real treat for me. As I was sitting around the dinner table with the crew, they were complaining about the city's lack of concern for their safety, citing example after example of where the city had denied purchases of equipment and gear that would make their jobs safer. It all seemed legitimate.

Then we got dispatched for a call and I got to watch, as they bolted to the trucks, donned their gear, mounted the rigs, and sped off to the emergency... and not one of them wore their seat belts. If you're going to complain about your city's lack of concern for your safety, don't be a hypocrite by failing to take the steps to ensure your own safety by wearing your seat belt. The quickest way to lose your credibility is to complain about what someone else is doing, only to do the same thing yourself. Wear your seat belts! It's the easiest thing you can do to improve your safety.

Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, EFO, CFO

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