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Bobby Halton gives the opening speech of FDIC 2011's General Session Ceremonies

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Thu, 24 Mar 2011|

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Ladies and gentlemen. Bobby hall. Morning. Like to ask one quick favour go get another big round applause -- the -- singer is the beautiful fight. You know I'd like to do one thing real quick while we're here celebrating FDIC and haven't a great time. I just like to take a moment. And remember our good brother ray -- -- the Chicago Fire Department was instructor here for many years is tremendous inspiration it was incredible firefighter. Who passed away earlier this week and will be memorialized on Saturday. And our deepest sympathies go out to his brother Bobby. And all the spam -- and especially firefighters -- a tremendous firefighter -- guy. Also I'd like to ask you all to join me in a moment of silence. For firefighter Ken ray and ray Walter. With two of our Canadian Brothers were being laid to rest this morning can. They passed away in a fire last week. And on a much better note. I'd like to point out a gentleman who has been coming to FDIC. Since I guess is about. I don't know for. Because it's is 35 or 37 trip to FDIC. And over the last -- year and a half he's battled against tremendous odds incredible. Incredibly. To -- this debilitating health issues he's a tremendous -- of the fire service is an inspiration to people back there and -- land for years and years and years. I can't I can't say anything nice about people who helped the Boston Red Sox I just can't. He's one of the biggest inspirations in my life is a wonderful wonderful friend. He's done tremendous things for fire service he's healthy he's back with us he's here with his best friend -- Carter -- healthier if -- stand up please. You know since since the beginning of time. Societies face threats from both men -- from nature. And -- proven that most people -- are equipped there aren't prepared and really unwilling to attempt to manage these threats. Then there are those the society has chosen to call their bravest. Those that must be ready to respond and deal with the unthinkable. The unpredictable. And the often times tragic. Today we can be called upon upon to fight a fire and -- these wind turbine powered generating stations those are facility that about five years ago didn't even exist. Later that same day you might -- a fire and -- 100 year old house. Today were called upon to respond to highly complicated and intricate rail disasters sometimes and -- rail cars that are colliding over -- 150 miles an hour. In the meanwhile five miles down the road we manage a simple car accident. We're called to respond to highly complicated offshore drilling operations. That have failed catastrophically 3000 feet below the surface of the ocean. While still maintaining a watchful eye over the ships and docs and harbors of our nation's waterways. The simple truth is that these events. Are but a small part of what it means when technology for adults. And technology will fail. When nature strikes and nature will strike and what it does a requires men and women like you to solve it. Or at least to mitigate its potential with your career volunteer -- -- repaid on -- remember the -- brigade. You all share a tremendous bird. You all share a tremendous responsibility. Not only to those who -- you sworn to protect but to those who we've chosen. To train. Those to whom you've chosen to lead. -- neighborhoods challenges you've committed ourselves to developing the next generation. Of the bravest. How we do that. What's the key to bravery. And how do you teach somebody to be brave. We know the answer comes with our obsession with training. And our pursuit of mastery in our passion for excellence. From our earliest known counterparts that the pills they were founded in Rome and 08 AD. We can learn a lot. People -- with only primitive pike poles and axes and ropes to the -- tore down the adjoining structures in the event of fire and try to put amount to storm down. We can learn a lot from the first -- they were firefighters and they were soldiers. They were Roman legionnaires. They were charged by the emperor Augustus was watching over the neighborhoods of -- Therefore the name the -- hills it means the watchman. The Roman army and the -- hills understood teamwork. They develop the deadliest army in the history of the world. Men for -- the Roman legionnaires kill ratio has never been -- They did it. By developing highly skilled. And highly supervised teams the Roman legionnaires had a singular. Unwavering focus on leadership and teamwork. A Roman officer would stand behind his three men and consistently give one order. Staff. Stabbings -- natural to most meant some you guys I don't know about but most -- People by nature slash. Slashing doesn't kill -- kill us the Romans stabbed as a team. In war -- fire fighting the winning side operates as a team. Now the Romans understood that the successful team had three electrical parts supervision special -- -- nation and trust. The importance of understanding. Specialists nations supervision and trust was best explained by a French general from the eighteen under its general Norton to peak. Who said this regarding small unit operations. Four brave men. Who do not know each other will not dare attack -- For less brave men. Who know each other well sure of their reliability and consequently a mutual aid will -- resolutely. But the good general was saying is that have a successful team. Every firefighter on the team must be sure the skills and reliability of every other firefighter on the team. And and consequently assure the reliability of the overall team. They must be sure of the support of the other teams. Successful firefighting -- relies on confidence and assured mutual reliability. Successful firefighting requires bravery. True bravery comes from -- -- on a team. The army calls -- people a team. General and -- the peak call for people a team. Teams made up before. That's not a member to be taken lightly. Team designed to accomplish a specific set of tasks. You see early on man discovered that no one man could do everything. Maybe Billy -- aside. The only way. That's retail -- -- told me in a secret list. The only way that society could evolve withstood the exchange's specialist patients. We learned the power socialization from the very first hunter who need it. -- who needed clothing who needed somebody to attend his -- the hunter was trusted to bring home the game. And another member was expected to make -- weapons that other expected they'd receive a share of the game. He expected another to make his clothing. And other expected to share the game. And he expected another to attend his wounds. And other expected share of the game. Now and our lion hunting team faces the line. The leader has to draw it's attention. He must trust that -- -- his teammates. Know when that moment. The second when the suspects there and the third when the trust that's fear for he has to bravely holed that lines attention. In our firefighting team the leader must locate the fire and then he has to draw -- attention. He mistrust one of his teammates will know when to -- the second went to Shuster is egress and the third went to supplies back up. For he has to attack. That fire without doubt and without fear. But -- brave. By the trust and his teammates this fellow teams. Through teamwork trust and specialists nation we become powerful and we become effective. We become. -- We look at our challenges today we can see the influence the technologies had. Our lifestyles. Each time -- advances in technology these advances affect our tactics as we develop pumping capabilities. We left behind the buckets as we develop motorized apparatus. We left behind horses. As we developed we have better communications. -- put aside -- speaking trumpets. What has not changed is the team. The nature of good teams is the key to our success. This is remained unchanged since that -- else. We're now facing hard time it's. Financially. Socially. Organizationally. You must decide all of fear -- courage. Optimism. Passes. Firefighters have always chosen courage and optimism. Because we know that hard times drive innovation hard times reveal character and hard times build strong teams. Back in the eighteen hundreds there was a mountain in Alaska Mount McKinley and it was considered insurmountable mountain it was on comparable on -- mobile. And under feasible there was this one man doctor cook who claimed to have conquered Mount McKinley but there was always a bunch of skepticism about his claim. So in 1910. While rumors a doctor cook's claim are swirling all around. A saloon keeper and a liquor -- decided to put up a 15100 dollar prize for the first team that could actually -- Mount McKinley and prove them. They decided that the team who claim the prize would need to accept the title of the sour -- team doesn't -- their bar. The four -- who accepted that challenge. None of -- were experienced climbers they were simply for Alaskan miners. In January 1910 that team set out. They spent most of February establishing a bunch of camps on the north side of the mountain. They had -- equipment. Most of -- they actually made themselves and they had no support except for one another. Now it's important to know that Mount McKinley has two separate peaks. Its northernmost peak is visible from Fairbanks -- southern most -- is visible from Anchorage. Now as the men struggled against insurmountable odds they stumbled across a fourteen foot. Pine tree. Which they -- -- be accepted as a symbol of their indomitable spirit. And they tied to the pine tree an American flag. And then they took turns. -- in this pine tree along with them on the client. They -- -- that no one would ever believed that they could have climbed. Yet -- they did and when they reach the summit they took that fourteen foot pine tree and that American flag. And they planted and on top of Mount McKinley. They descended the -- And they -- met with a completely on receptive and disbelieving crowd. They were met with complete -- this. To which -- merely said we planted our flag that we climb that mountain and with -- first team to ascend Mount McKinley. Years went by -- we believe there -- tell the truth. Many years later. A highly organized expedition was put together by some very experienced climbers accomplished climbers that state of the art equipment and -- had fantastic support. They were the first persons to set foot atop Mount McKinley is South -- But upon reaching the summit they turned their gaze over to the north -- the one that the sour dough boys claimed to have climbed. And directing their binoculars at the top of that -- They saw perched upon a -- Iraq's a fourteen foot spruce -- with an American flag tied to it. You see the sour -- team had made it to the top of Mount McKinley many years before without the benefit of experience equipment or support. They made it because they wore a T. Four men who knew each other well. Those sworn never fought for their vindication. They didn't care that no one believed that they were told the truth didn't matter and the sour -- team that they were under appreciated that they were underestimated. No one thought they could conquer Mount McKinley. But they did and they did it as a team. And no one knows better than you here this morning. That more firefighters who know each other well sure of each -- mutual -- reliability and working as a team can conquer. Any obstacle. So you come here -- FDIC. To exchange ideas with firefighters. Whom you trust to learn from the experience of others so you can return home with a new inspired confidence. In your own capabilities. In your own knowledge and that you can go and build confidence in your team. You were -- FDIC allows us a pass on hard earned knowledge rather have that knowledge -- with the individual who discovered. Your contribution here -- FDIC. Allows us to specialize. It allows us to create teams. It allows us to be brave. You know that getting our house in order we must put first things first. And we must focus on the skills of the team. You know it and you show it might be in -- -- -- -- See ours is appalling that you really don't understand. Until you try to teach. You come here driven by your pursuit of perfection in all you do especially in training. You wanna be perfect because you all know that in our work good enough. Because. By being here your demonstrating your commitment to lasting solutions that can only be accomplished by impassioned training. Training that must improve our skills our conference and therefore increase our trust in one another. Therefore improving the reliability of our team. Our training must give us that unshakable belief that we are reliable that we are confident that we are dependable. Our efforts must be equal to the problems that our neighborhoods are gonna face -- leave you with this final thought. These are the good old days. We are neighbor's keepers. You men and women here today have accepted the responsibility. To train the next -- else. You are confident that our best days are ahead of us and you're confident in your ability to make a difference. You're confident that there is a bright and shining future that we will leave to those who come after us thank you very much for being here this year. God bless -- publishers entertainments. --

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