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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Comments
Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
Ron Ayotte
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
Bill.. I agree with Tony C. The situations we respond to sometimes reuire that we tune and tweak SOPs and SOGs "on the fly" in order to complete the tasks given. Fire doesn't care what is stated in our SOPs/SOGs.
2014-10-11 22:14:29
Bill Carey
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
Thanks Tony.
2014-10-06 11:06:34
Tony C.
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
A great read, Bill. I see so much of this in the fire service. I forgot to pull up my hood on the last fire and I didn't get burned. I didn't buckle my waist strap on the last fire and I didn't get tangled up. I didn't check my bottle before my last fire…
2014-10-05 15:37:05
Kelly Jernigan
A Bit of Compassion
Thank you for taking the time to write this article. It's wonderful to know others share the same compassion for animals.
2014-09-27 13:53:01
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