Firefighting, Truck Company

Let No Man’s Ghost

Issue 10 and Volume 173.

Mike Ciampo with valve
ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO When you walk into the Rock (the FDNY Training Academy’s nickname), there’s a sign on the wall that states: “Let no man’s ghost say their training let them down.” It’s quite a short and to-the-point message to all who read it. Is it a simple reminder for all those who attend classes, or is it a constant reminder that we should always be training on our skills and tactics? In the past few years, many of us have seen fewer firefighters coming into our stations with a trade or with hand tool and power tool skills. Many newer members may have come directly from college and haven’t worked jobs that required using tools. So, how do we get back to the basics and refine our teaching methods? Incident 1 Responding to electrical fires in 100-year-old buildings can be high-frequency calls in the hot…

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