It is a wonder how we did it without the internet.
Just a random thought, but if we didn't have the internet would we still be putting out fires, rather would we still be critiquing them, learning from them? Would we still be aware that in most cases, most fires are one or two line fires that didn't require a Master's Degree in order to open the bale, bleed off the air and check the pattern? Would we be comfortable and encouraged knowing that two or three companies extinguished a fire, searched for occupants, cut off any extension and salvaged personal belongings if it didn't involve a seminar, Skype conference and Twitter hashtag?
I hope so.
Each day and night fires go out, many successfully, and many without our ever knowing a thing about it.
Bill Carey is the daily news and blog manager for Elsevier Public Safety (FireRescue Magazine/Firefighter Nation, JEMS and LawOfficer sites.) Bill also manages the FireEMSBlogs.com network and is a former volunteer lieutenant with the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County, Maryland.
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