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Firefighting History: The New Black

By John Spicuzza "The New Black" is an expression used to indicate the sudden popularity or versatility of an idea at the expense of the popularity of a second idea. The earliest use of "the new black" was in 1983 and indicated that other colors were temporarily displacing black's position in fashion or industrial design. This phrase is primarily used to say that something is the most popular or fashionable color or thing at the moment. I have seen many changes over the years since I started in the fire service in 1975, many of them being for the better. However, I have noticed a trend over the past 10 years in which procedures or tasks that were at one time a normal p...

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