The greater good exemplified.
It appears that according to Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers, Firefighter Cheney won't face any reprimand (was he really facing one?).
Or will he?
"But the commissioner made clear that Cheney had broken the rules. "Protocols are not sharing your air with someone," he said. But "the result made it worth it at that point, and that's how we look at it." Ayers says the policy is in place for a reason- that if a firefighter gives his air mask to a victim and things go wrong, fellow firefighters may have to risk their lives to rescue the rescuer. Ayers says Cheney will certainly not be reprimanded for breaking the rules, but the veteran firefighter made clear Thursday that- protocol or no protocol- he will continue to share his air supply with a victim, if necessary. "I'm not gonna let my decision cost someone else their life."" (Bold mine)
The greater good in this story is exemplified, made known to you, by both the statements from Ayers and Cheney. Don't bastardize it by doing something foolish, believing that you are supposed to take a feed, supposed to get burned, if there is no reward at the end of the risk.
It's all good, as the kids say. No one died and everyone went home.
What did we learn?
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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