“In the event of a blowup, pause a moment and size up the situation. Then think clearly, speak decisively, and act in a calm and deliberate manner.” — Safe Practices
• october 23rd — criminal liability or lessons learned?
• october 21st — after 2 years of not blogging....
may 20th — safety from the garbage can model
Played the new firefighters edition of Monopoly last night, a couple months early. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift from Staci, but since the e-mail shipping confirmation came to my inbox, well, then Santa must not have meant for it to be a surprise under the tree.
Instead of “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards, players draw from stacks of “Flashover” and “Backdraft” cards.
This one particularly caught my attention: “Actions on the fireground lead to a close call. Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass "GO", do not collect $200.”
I guess just like the original Monopoly was a reflection of the times during the Great Depression, this new version might be a reflection of where we are in today's fire service. The chance of being prosecuted for honest mistakes diminishes the community chest of lessons learned from near-miss incidents.
(BTW, Staci beat me in about a half hour.)
Got this e-mail today from an unhappy reader:
Like most organizations, Colorado Firecamp's formal policies continue to adapt to the expanding reach of social media. I post updates to our Twitter and Facebook accounts. My posts to TheySaid on wildlandfire.com are under the moniker “vfd cap'n” and yesterday I posted a comment on wildfiretoday.com as “Kent Maxwell.”
I don't believe we've had an update to our “Speak Decisively” blog since about the time of the release of the Esperanza Fire action plan. In 2005 we posted this disclaimer to our blog, which probably is still valid today:
Colorado Firecamp does have a board of directors and is in the process of adding to its membership with the intent of the board taking a more active role in managing the organization.
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