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When Every Second Counts
lead it. And make sure to compare “your” policies
and “their” policies—they DO NOT have to be
6. Evaluate staffing and adjust alarm assignments
based on tasks, which are based on the structures to which you are responding (example:
a 900-square-foot dwelling vs. a multifamily
dwelling vs. a nursing home, etc.). Remember,
tasks require firefighters, and you can argue all
day long, but two firefighters vs. four firefighters
can literally make a difference in life, death, and
7. Drill, drill, and drill. Every day. No excuses.
Make every day a training day, and do
it with those mutual-aid partners who
respond with you on runs. They are
family … always spend time with your
So please, do me this favor. Reach out to
“that” fire department and help it get its
business in order. By doing so, it improves
conditions for the public, the firefighters, and
your firefighters—it takes care of the family.
But also, please remember that Nozzlehead
never asks a second favor once he’s refused
the first. Understood? Do me this favor, and
I won’t forget it. Ask your friends in the fire
service about me. They’ll tell you I know how
to return a favor.
As Emilio “The Wolf” Barzini so clearly
stated in The Godfather, “Times have
changed. It’s not like the Old Days when
we could do anything we want.” The fireground is no longer a playground but a place
where we are fortunate to sometimes have
one chance of doing good. And when that
opportunity comes up, and it will, we must
be well-led, well-trained, and well-functioning to take care of those people, as we may
be their final chance.
One final thought: What if the neighboring department refuses to change? It would
be a choice it makes and certainly the wrong
choice. Hopefully, with a new leader, this
won’t be a problem. That leader must spend
time with his new (fire) family. After all, a
leader who doesn’t spend time with his family
can never be a real leader.
But if that is the case and it doesn’t change,
you may be forced to operate without it—and
it without you. Responding to its incident
would knowingly place your people in
unnecessary danger. The members would be
nothing to you now. They are not brothers or
sisters. Make it clear that they have given you
no choice. You understand? You may need to
turn your backs on them.
Like you did, people write and say, “Nozzlehead,
give me justice!” But they don’t ask with respect.
They don’t offer friendship. They don’t even think
to call me Nozzlehead. Instead, they write me with
their problems and ask for advice; and I, quite
naturally, offer it, but then it falls on deaf ears. This
cannot be allowed. If you take time to write me and
I respond, the very least I ask is that you follow this
advice. This I insist on myself. So please now, grab
the nozzle, take the cannoli, and allow no one to pull
you back in.
Arrivederci. Ciao. A presto la mia famiglia di vigili