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“Chief Halton said he failed to inform speakers at the conference that if they chose to present in uniform, they had to ensure their speech was consistent with the policies, procedures and positions of their organizations.”

“It was for that reason and that reason alone that I chose to take the video down.” FDIC presenters at future conferences choosing to wear their uniform must ensure that their words convey directly the policies, procedures and directives of their organization, he added.”

Read more from FireRescue1.com at “Chief Halton explains decision to pull Lt. McCormack video

I wonder if this will eventually apply to PPE used during hands-on training evolutions as well. I also wonder if the group from Engine 23 working when filming the FDNY Close Up series have had to review the safety message that Chief of Department Cassano and others have been communicating.
Take a look at the video and see if you can tell why.

I bet Dr. Burton Clark spotted it.

I am not proposing that two wrongs make a right, or that one should void the other. What I am saying is that there has now been a public precedent made for the various notable fire service figures across the nation. If teaching, instructing and consulting is a side job of yours, your words and actions can be governed if you work that side job with any departmental identification. That’s all I have to say about FDIC; I personally try to avoid commentary off the cuff, but I couldn’t help but notice the culture change in this situation.
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  • Matt McDowell says:

    Hey Bill,

    I finally found a video of the LT McCormack speech. What a great speech!!! I didn’t hear anything offensive, inappropriate or untrue. It simply may not have had the usual sugar coating and sunshine that our current culture is used to.

    The irony of all of this hoopla is that those who should be supporting him, the one’s who should “get it”, are the same one’s caving in to the censorship. I agree about the culture change, unfortunately, too many people missed the message and are creating a change in the opposite direction. It’s a shame.

    Matt

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2014-11-19 22:01:40
Heath Smith
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2014-11-19 19:28:21
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Excellence as usual, Dave.
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