Just a couple of thoughts
Training: Undoubtedly, excellent training is a must, but as Firefighter Jane said, every crew may receive training that’s just a bit different from the others, and the ratio of veteran versus new hires varies from crew to crew as well. I want our son to have the best training, but I also want him – and all of you – to have the very best safety equipment available. Thanks, Northzone, for the tip about following the money…there’s so much to know, and I’m just learning.
Aussies: Interestingly enough, as I understand it, the Australians helped to test Jim Roth’s shelter, but the Aussies themselves don’t carry any shelter – our current, Jim Roth’s or any other.
We’ve organized to write letters about the need to approve a new shelter — with the list of priorities that Mellie posted, why can’t we mobilize for the other things that were a “higher” priority, especially since they apparently came from FFs themselves. I’m not saying to stop about the shelter, but to become more vocal for whatever our guys and gals need.
Learning about Fire Behavior: Did you guys see the info about the Fire Service using a GPS type system to then relay fire info to the folks making decisions on any given fire?
Take care – thanks for all the words of wisdom.