A good discussion follows, too, on FirefighterHourly.com
"When Lt. Ray McCormack stated the fire service was wrong in placing the lives of firefighters above the lives of civilians at FDIC the remarks found firefighters scratching their heads.
However, to his credit, the Lieutenant said what needed to be said.
In departments nationwide safety is a concern but in some the emphasis on safety detracts from their ability to do the job effectively. This isn't what firefighters are trained to do nor is it healthy for operations. In fact, an emphasis on safety can put firefighters in unsafe positions due to a timid approach.
The key to the culture of safety is department specific. For example, in the FDNY, safety is a part of the job because of the number of fires the FDNY responds to on a yearly basis. From experience comes a healthy respect, and knowledge, of what fire can do.
Now look at Charleston. A small department with limited fire activity can't take the same approach as larger departments with substantial fire activity. Thus, when it comes to operations, safety must be considered because of the lack of hands on fire activity.
FirefighterHourly.com pushes aggressive interior attack coupled with risk analysis. Go where the fire is but have commanders capable of making decisions if the situation changes. In short, a fireground commander with unlimited resources won't fight a fire the same way one with three stations will.
The lieutenant will likely be a hero to a small minority and a scourge to those who are advocates of setting up down the block. Instead, he spoke about an issue needing discussion and made the point we have all been trying to make about departments with poor leaders. Thank you Ray."
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Posted by jt at 4/29/2009 01:03:00 PM
Ray McCormack's FDIC speech certainly seems to have split opinion across the fire service. Art Goodrich offered his take earlier on TKT. Fellow Kitchen Tabler and FR1 columnist Jay Lowry over at his FirefighterHourly blog gives a different perspective in the following post: