Each anniversary of a fire that killed a firefighter or firefighters there are many well wishes of support for the families and friends. Intermingled are various questions, some subtle, some disrespectfully blunt. They question our tactics, strategies, values and culture. It is good that they should, at least in a manner that is respectful, as firefighting is evolving, with or without us. What I and others have found interesting is that the more time passes with each anniversary, the more the social majority belittle tradition and training, with very little substance. These folks will buy the memorial sticker or wear the memorial t-shirt, but press them on getting down and dirty, training on what was learned from the the tragedy and all you hear are crickets. So much for being “combat ready”.
“Find six for Six” is a simple education piece that you can use to “honor” the six fallen Worcester firefighters. Simply put, a tool where you could improve yourself while remembering the sacrifice made by the fallen. Clean and simple, you can print it out as is or alter it to fit your response area.
Task: Find six (6) vacant/abandoned/unoccupied structures in your immediate response area that you might not have been aware of. If needed, enlarge your search to your box area, battalion or mutual aid area.
Proudly display that memorial sticker on your leather, but remember, it’s the knowledge underneath that pays the greatest tribute.
Note: I had reservations about posting this but was quickly encouraged by friends in the Worcester area to create, post and share. I purposefully used a photo other than one from Worcester (Riverdale, MD vacant building fire, courtesy PGFEMS PIO Mark Brady) to reinforce that no area is without its vacant buildings. Before December is over, I’ll add the ones I find in Prince George’s County.
Also on Backstep Firefighter …
Worcester Firefighter Brian Carroll – December 21, 2012
Profiling and Pets – July 19, 2012