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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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
2014-12-31 16:29:29
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