Rhetorical Lesson No.3:Learning Disabled

After a forest of trees are cut for the reports and herds of dead horses are pummeled, some people still don’t get it.








Viewer post from September 2010 on YouTube of a Houston house fire.
“booster hoses- they should be used as a first attack line, regardless of the degree of fire. 30 GPM is better than 0 GPM, especially during the couple of minutes it takes to get a 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 line charged. Two boosters= 60. The sooner? it’s out, the sooner we all go home.”

September 2010.

Three years and three months after the Sofa Super Store Fire.

After all the speculation, quarterbacking, preliminary, draft, final and today’s reports.

Hell, it even has a spot in Wikipedia.
“Questions have also been raised about CFD’s use of booster lines to fight the Sofa Super Store fire.”

Charles Bailey is right. We, the fire service, need professional help to figure why it is we do not learn. Our current delivery system is not cutting it. Maybe we’re being guided by some of the same government folks who think Osama bin Laden is still in a cave in Afghanistan.

Mark my words, we will see this again. Maybe not nine dead, maybe three or four. Heck, maybe we’ll see a dozen killed because they never heard of Hackensack or Waldbaums, and they rushed right into the converted Safeway supermarket and were wiped out in a bowstring truss collapse.

And there we will be, wringing our hands, saying what heroes they were and wondering how?.
“booster hoses- they should be used as a first attack line, regardless of the degree of fire.”

Have we reached the point where we need to accept help from those outside the fire service?
Can experts in sociology, psychology and education dissect our learning behavior for us and help reduce the repetitive mistakes?

No horses or carcasses were mistreated in this posting, but this one was slightly hyped up on peppermints.





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3 Comments

  • chiefreason says:

    Bill:
    Your blog goes right to the heart of my most recent blog: “Rapid Cognition. Think Fast!”
    I believe that we can no longer help ourselves. Those who advocate from within the fire service “are preaching to the choir” and yet; the “choir” is hitting a lot of sour notes.
    In the book “Blink”, Gladwell talks about how we reach a point of autism with our abilities to problem solve. That line of thought bears examination.
    Regardless; with all of the history and LODD reports, we keep making the same mistakes.
    That doesn’t border on “insane”; it borders on “criminally insane”.
    IMHO.

  • Ron Ayotte says:

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result…

  • Nate Q. says:

    Buckets – they should be used as the first attack, no matter the degree of fire. 2 gpm is better than 0 gpm, especially during the couple of minutes it takes to charge a booster line. 2 buckets = 5 gpm. The sooner it’s out, the sooner we can all go home.

    You can see where I’m going with this. Amazing…

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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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