Firefighting

I’m from the Government and …

Issue 11 and Volume 161.

BY BOBBY HALTON Former President Ronald Reagan once said that the most frightening words in the world are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” Using humor helps us to recognize some of life’s absurdities. Oddly, within the government are some agencies that make our job of providing the best possible fire protection difficult. It’s a matter of perspective, and perspective is colored by what you have experienced and what you are responsible for. When assessing multiple options, people always give more credibility to things that confirm their perspectives than to things that do not. Having a different opinion does not make someone bad or ignorant, nor does it make him someone we should avoid. Quite the opposite is true: The best thing firefighters can do when confronted with someone who does not understand our relentless efforts to create the absolute best possible options in the event…

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