Word of Mouth

In fire departments our most influential training opportunities are not necessarily the yearly recertifications or the latest seminars but the working fire. Our trade is a hands on service where the majority of learning is done by doing. We go to fires; we stretch hoselines; we search rooms; we open up the roof. And if we happen to not do any of those items on the last alarm, we certainly hear about it from those who did. Studies in occupational folklife reveal that the information workers share with one another, regardless of how uniform it may or may not be, has a great impact in teaching others. FDIC is over with and if you were fortunate to have been sent by your department, or paid out of your own pocket, you had plenty of opportunites to bring back something more tangible than Ray McCormack’s speech. Let’s face it, while it was a good speech and is the talk of the town, at the end of the day you’ll do what your department says and the other guy will do what his department says. When you came back to work, or to your duty night, were you able to tell the guys and gals more than who you hung out with? There were 22 H.O.T. Evolutions offered, 38 workshops and 168 classroom sessions scheduled. Budgets are tight; what did you bring back to the ones who couldn’t attend?

What important information are you passing on to the members riding across from you?

Photograph courtesy Billy Adkins, FITHP.net

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  • Jay Lowry says:

    Excellent topic Bill. I think it is natural to bring back an over riding idea from conferences of any sort. At the 1968 Democratic National Coneventing ideas were discussed but most people only remember the riots.

    FDIC does provide a great deal of training and it would be nice to focus on what was learned during some of the workshos.

  • Matt McDowell says:

    What I brought back was the reality that you don’t have to attend any of the phenomenal H.O.T. classes, or sit through any of the mind-blowing classroom seminars to get something out of FDIC.

    All you have to do to is GO to FDIC! From the Probie or the motivated senior fireman to the comfortable old-timer, anyone who needs or wants to see what the American Fire Service is TRULY about needs to GO to FDIC.

    If being surrounded by 30+ thousand of your BROTHERS telling and listening to old war stories while seeing the newest technologies isn’t great enough, go to Ike and Jonesies, stand in the sea of firemen and watch the parade of IFD rigs roll by as the Pipes and Drums echo through downtown Indy ultimately ending up inside the bar with 200 firemen’s drinks raised high in the air out of respect for what it all really represents… that this is the GREATEST PROFESSION IN THE WORLD!

    What I brought back from FDIC was that, no matter what the economy does or what the Mutts do, this job is bigger than any one firefighter, or chief, city or state. Don’t do your job because it’s your job, do it because you love it and because society and the firefighter behind you are depending on you to get it done… no matter what and without excuses.

    FTM-PTB and Be SAFE,
    Matt “Jeebs” McDowell

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Dave - I think the reason there is a debate is because the message is so contorted. From those that have chosen to manipulate the information to suit their position, the the ISFSI own website saying different things about what the tactics truly are. I agree 100% with giving everyone the information and letting them…
2014-11-20 22:06:56
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Great article Dave. I agree with your comment that "they became traditions because they work." And yes if you change the focus from life safety to your own safety how about holding a town meeting and letting those you swore to protect know whats going on, I am sure they will see your point!
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Excellence as usual, Dave.
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