Firefighting

THE FOREST AND THE TREES

Issue 8 and Volume 159.

BY KEN FOLISI Can’t see the forest for the trees” is an expression used to describe someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole. As a recently retired chief officer, away from the day-to-day responsibility of leading a shift of firefighters and all the administrative duties that go along with it, I have had a lot of time to think about my career and the much broader spectrum of the fire service in general. Being away from the fire service for the past eight months has been a refreshing experience that has allowed me to get away from the trees and take a good long look at the forest. Recently, I attended a chiefs’ conference, since I intend to remain active in the fire service. At that conference, many of the presentation topics were safety related. During my 25…

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