I enjoy following politics, not the extremist, foaming-at-the-mouth, party line-do or die politics, but the science of politics. That said I’m also a fan of George Will. Last week on ABC’s This Week, the Roundtable closed with the panel’s thoughts on Jim Joyce’s infamous call during the Detroit Tigers game. George elevated the issue to two main subjects: Forgiveness and Perfectionism. He gave a great statement and like similar ones I hear of from time to time, and think can apply to the fire service, I tucked it away for later use. During his discussion George said “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” I thought this surely applies to the fire service especially within the safety v. aggressive debates but how? Maybe I’ll use it, maybe not.
Then I saw the video of an Atlanta truck company at work and the comments that followed.
“ok, so, their not on air, they dont even have their facepieces on! WTF!???? If that was me up there I would not want this video on youtube or anywhere else for that matter, nevermind the fact that no one is even heeling that ladder, there are so many safety issues in this video i would be ashamed if it was the department I worked for.”
“Nobody footed the ladder?
Nobody sounded the roof before going cross country?
Nobody was wearing gloves?
They all took the time to donn the B/A’s but nobody had the brains to actually mask up and breathe air?
Didn’t see a single roll of any rafters?
Get it together guys!
343NeverForget911 20 hours ago”
“tell your boyz to put their gloves on and maskup,the guy on the right almost fell in the hole. Nice job not”
“was a good video ..but they should of had there BA mask on”
Regardless of the fact of whether or not you or I see both good and bad practices in the video, the question I put before you is:
Is the safety philosophy trying to create the perfect fireground?
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Come on Nation, get out and vote!
Also on Backstep Firefighter …
- Updated Rhetorical Lesson No.11:
Too Many People on The Roof – October 25, 2013
- Rhetorical Lesson No.10
Profiling and Pets – July 19, 2012
- The Greatest Risk, Taking No Risk At All – November 12, 2013
- Obligations – January 6, 2013