Firefighting, Fireground Management, Leadership

Slow down!

Issue 5 and Volume 168.

A chief officer from another town asked me how I stayed so calm at fires. I pondered that question back at my office after the fire. Was I always able to stay so calm? There was a time when I first made company officer when that was not always the case. A battalion chief (BC) I worked for was James Earl Jones at the firehouse-his deep, slow, resonating voice made you want to fall asleep. But on the fireground, he became Sam Kinkaid. I know you all know what I am talking about. He sent my adrenal glands into overdrive. I became Sam Kinkaid Jr. I would scream orders to the two “fire dogs” sitting behind me, and they were off like a pair of blue tick hounds after a squirrel. They disappeared in a blur. It really bothered me that I had lost so much control. How could I…

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