Over-Estimating Technology

We live in a quickly advancing technological age. My daughter will go through grade school without ever having to touch an encyclopedia; two firefighters states apart can do a live radio program from their own basements; and some of my coworkers can Four Square from the most remote locations.
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As shown by the Facebook post from Traditions Training, we must remember that not everyone is completely aware of the subjects we blog, Facebook and Tweet about. This also highlights why reinforcing the basics should be a top direction a instructor, or group of instructors, should have.

And for the engine company chocks are pretty basic.

The fact that basics must always be stressed is even more evident in the case of a close call in Ohio this week. The number one rule regarding special operations is secure the scene, don’t become the additional victim. Impulsive rescue attempts most always result in the rescuer becoming incapacitated, or worse. It seems incomprehensible that given the number of fire and rescue conferences, magazines, websites and blogs that basics such as this should be missed by the readers but it does happen.

So as far as chocks we know what they are used for again. Wooden or fabricated, carry a bunch. One atop your helmet and one in each coat pocket. Tuck some in your standpipe pack, driver’s standpipe bag, the bag for the Rabbit Tool or Hydra Ram and in between some of the folds in your supply bed.

Related via Google
“Chock That Door!”, Traditions Training
“What I Carry In My Pockets”, Traditions Training
“What’s In Your Pockets?”, Vent Enter Search
“The Door Chock”, Michael Ciampo, Fire Engineering
“Chocking Doors”, Todd Connors, Fire Engineering
“Door chocks, nails, wedges and strap use”, Firehouse.com Forums
“Chocks”, Backstep Firefighter

Now go find the probie.





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Ron Ayotte
What is Experience?
Excelent post. Evey day of duty and every run should be a learning experience. Far too many firefighters just look at the duty tour and incident as what I like to call "the shampoo mode"... wet hair, apply shapoo, lather, rinse and repeat".. Our version is put on the gear, get on the truck, go…
2014-10-31 14:23:15
Bill Carey
What is Experience?
You're correct Ed. What did we do with that experience? Did we take as many lessons from it as we could or did we simply file it away as a run in the logbook. Thank you, Bill
2014-10-30 12:55:18
Ed
What is Experience?
Excellent post. The same question may be framed for other than working on the nozzle (e.g., if delivering pump operator training). In addition, even if you went to a lot of fires on the nozzle or as the first in company officer, what did you do with that experience? Reflection and integration of the experience…
2014-10-30 12:37:50
Bill Carey
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Thank you Ed.
2014-10-22 14:26:50
Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
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