Sunday, February 13, 2011

Welcome to Wonderland: Reports

Welcome to Wonderland: Reports

By Ray McCormack

There is such a wide range of variables in the fire service – even when all the results are in, differences often eat away at alleged concrete solutions. Reading reports that claim (no blame), but rip departments and individuals apart with the subtlety of a chainsaw should worry us all. Remember, their mission is to enlighten you. Are you feeling enlightened or just freighted? The best of reports chronicle our humanness; sometimes we make mistakes. The fireground does not clean up well: it takes what it wants and leaves bitter pills for us to swallow. Let’s learn the best questions to ask and develop real solutions that fix things instead of disorienting what we need to know in favor of inquisitional satisfiers.

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