Friday, January 2, 2009

New Years Day Thoughts on Safety

Thinking and reviewing the last few months, looking forward into 2009 I thought that this quote from Teddy Roosevelt from another time long long ago and far far away would be of some insight and reflection that we can learn from:

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of good deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great entusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat"...

As we look back and then forward in our fire history, our culture, and the changes we have seen and the changes that are to come, let us remember the wisdom of the losses and celebrate the victory in the gains as "Rubber Boot Warriors" who serve on the front lines of the wisdom of our past comes the hope for our future....remembering that history allows us to not be doomed to repeat it.....too, let us pledge to never rest in bringing home the lessons learned and improving the safety in a service that all too often forgets to practise it at all levels of the profession......
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