Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Leadership, Structural Firefighting

The 10,000-Hour Rule: Practice Makes Perfect!

Issue 6 and Volume 171.

Recently, a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter from upstate New York died while engaged in an interior structural firefighting operation. The subsequent investigation attributed his death, in part, to a lack of familiarization with his self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Apparently, the SCBA he grabbed from a neighboring department’s rig was one with which he had never trained. “Practice Makes Perfect!” This saying is true in almost every aspect of life. In sports—assuming you have the basic talent needed to participate—you will get better when you practice. Baseball, football, basketball, and hockey players begin practicing their chosen sport when they are kids, and they will continue to practice throughout high school and college. The good ones may be lucky enough to be drafted by a professional team, where they will continue to practice, in many cases, every day. Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was two years old and, until he was…

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