VULCAN® 180 1200 LUMENS
INTRODUCING THE VULCAN®180
MULTIPURPOSE, RECHARGEABLE LANTERN.
• 180° articulating head
• Made to use with gloved hands
˚ Large handle for easy hand-offs ˚ Big push-button switch for easy operation
• Designed by firefighters
• Backed by over 40 years of
drill, and do whatever else needs to happen so that
you ALWAYS know you are doing the best with the
resources you have to operate with. That’s also known
as silent revenge. Sort of.
FIXING WHAT YOU CANNOT, PART 1
There are factors here that you can’t directly con-
trol, such as the staffing. The problem is not yours,
yet you are forced to perform under the depart-
ment’s problem. This is a failure at the levels above,
so in this case it’s up to your supervisors (your direct
ones, not the screamer) to face the problem and deal
Solving the staffing problem can be done both short
and long term. In the short-term case, the agency
needs to decide how many TOTAL firefighters it
wants on any scene and within what times. Then
dispatch needs to add however many companies to
the first alarm to make up the difference—quickly.
And that can be a problem as well: When the troops
arrive in different vehicles at different times, it has
been proven many times that fire company efficiency
As far as long term, the agency needs to decide
WHAT its deployment and standard of cover model
POLICY will be and institute it through funding,
automatic aid, or whatever it decides. But to ignore
it and then have it fall on those on the fireground is
unfair and dangerous.
FIXING WHAT YOU CANNOT, PART 2
I have to tell you, as I approach my 45 years as a
firefighter, there are few things that get me more riled
up than the excuse from cowardly bosses who are
afraid to do their job, “Oh, that’s just him.”
Let’s try a few of those out, shall we?
• “She drives drunk, but she’s our only daytime fire
apparatus driver.” Oh, that’s just her.
• “He is disruptive and never takes any training.”
Oh, that’s just him.
• “He takes money out of the union treasury.” Oh,
that’s just him.
• “He physically abuses the probies.” Oh, that’s just
• “He has the worst attitude and takes four minutes
to get on the apparatus.” Oh, that’s just him.
When that stuff is just him (or her, yada yada),
there has been failure for a long time in dealing with
the real problem: HIM. Maybe it’s friendship, relationships, or whatever getting in the way; the fact is
that “he” MUST function as a part of the department
or it will damage the department and VERY clearly
show the membership that the leadership is afraid
or unable to deal with the problem. Understand also