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  • #31
    Originally posted by The52nd View Post
    I know (knew) where you were going with this, and your right, it's not simple. But it surely doesn't need to be as hard as we make it, either.
    Today it is far more complicated than ever.
    Crazy, but that's how it goes
    Millions of people living as foes
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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    • #32
      "Fight fire INTELLIGENTLY, having provided for Safety first."
      "If you can't be a good example, the you'll just have to be a terrible warning."

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      • #33
        Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
        Today it is far more complicated than ever.
        Is it? Or do we just know more about fire?

        Naturally, the more one knows the more they can analyze, and think critically. Yet if we hadn't increased our knowledge, only our technology, I'm pretty sure our tactics would still get the job done.

        That said, I'm thankful for all we know about fire know, and all the research and effort people are undertaking to make us smarter, safer, and more efficient. Progress.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by The52nd View Post
          Is it? Or do we just know more about fire?

          Yes it is, and yes we do.

          Naturally, the more one knows the more they can analyze, and think critically. Yet if we hadn't increased our knowledge, only our technology, I'm pretty sure our tactics would still get the job done.

          We can analyze critically and change and adapt tactics to meet current fire conditions by increasing our knowledge and then by using critical thinking to apply appropriate tactics.

          That said, I'm thankful for all we know about fire know, and all the research and effort people are undertaking to make us smarter, safer, and more efficient. Progress.

          I am also thankful for the new research and the new tactics that have come from that.
          But all the new research in the world is invalid if people making strategic and tactical decisions don't stay current and have the experience and education to make critical decisions of when to apply it.
          Crazy, but that's how it goes
          Millions of people living as foes
          Maybe it's not too late
          To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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          • #35
            I look at the "critical/analytically thinking" side like a complex equation that we don't know all the variables to. Today we know many more of the variable than did previous generations of firefighters, but we've introduced new variables as well. Basically the "Correct" answer to the equation is the fire goes out, in a reasonable period of time, without further injuries and without significantly greater loss. Previously, some of the values we entered for certain variables were based on flawed data, but the answer was never an absolute, so who knew if we got it right, we just said "we had the right answer" and know one had enough knowledge to question it. Today, very few outside the fire service could even begin to question our methodology of arriving at the answer or even what ballpark range the answer is in, but some try and poke holes, questioning the variables, not the answer.
            Last edited by RFDACM02; 03-14-2015, 04:43 PM.

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