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street level experience with a deeper understanding
of why will take advantage of the invaluable lessons
that both have to offer and will make you a much
better operator, decision maker, and instructor.
TIPS FOR INSTRUCTORS, SCIENTISTS,
AND DUMMIES LIKE ME
If you are an instructor and you are spending time
in your classes bashing fire research, you are feeding
your own ego out of fear that maybe you and your
teaching are becoming irrelevant. THEY’RE NOT!
Your experience is invaluable, but understand that
all our experience is not infallible. We owe it to our
audience to understand all the information out there
and present any disagreements with the
issues rather than attacking the researchers
or the research organizations.
If you are a researcher and you are
spending time in your classes discounting
the experience of others, telling us that we
have been doing it wrong or you have a
personal mission to be the one to provide
the fire service with the paint by numbers
picture, you are feeding your own ego
and turning people off who might benefit
from hearing about the research. Spend
more class time explaining why thing happen and less time on how we should do
things. Tell us what happens when we do
certain things and why this happens but
never how to do our jobs.
If you find yourself torn between what
you have always been taught, enjoy the
lessons from the old-school instructors who at least partially validate your
philosophy, and are somewhat intrigued
but confused with some of the science,
then you too are a “dummy like me.”
Your skepticism is natural and healthy.
You are a product of the past 50 years
of the American fire service. Find, read,
watch, and experiment with to catch
your understanding of fire behavior
and dynamics up with your experience.
Know you don’t know and find out, but
don’t sell yourself short—you might be a
dummy, but you weren’t born yesterday.
Don’t jump on a trendy bandwagon
without proper vetting and placing the
message into context. Never forget why
you joined the department, and understand that there is a big difference in
managing risk and avoiding risk.
The combination of experience and
science can produce the tough-smart
firefighter that we all want to produce
and inspire creativity and adaptability in
the next generation of artists while giving
them the best chance to save lives and property and
survive the best job in the world.
David Rhodes is a 31-year fire service veteran. He is a chief elder
for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International Executive Advisory
Board, a hands-on training coordinator for FDIC, an editorial advisor for Fire Engineering and the UL Fire Safety Research Institute,
and an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. He is a Type
III incident commander for the Georgia Emergency Management-Metro Atlanta All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a
task force leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team. He is
president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc., which provides public safety
training, consulting, and promotional assessment centers.