I came across the book on Ebay last year and have finally got around to reading it. The book it self is from the early 1960’s and has some great nuggets in it that I thought I would share. If you can find this manual I would highly recommend it. It is amazing how much the fire service really has NOT Changed. Enjoy!
“On the fireground 70% will not be a passing grade.”
Chapter 1. Organization and Discipline
The Effectiveness of a Fireman’s judgement in a fire situation is based upon his knowledge, and his background experience. Ineptness or delay in firefighting for whatever cause, may result in a great misfortune on the fireground.
Every Fireman should be willing to submerge his personal beliefs, feelings, and jealousies for the good of the department as a whole.
When each fireman gives proper respect to his leaders there is a good likelihood that the fire company will give a good account of itself, because there is unity and respect. On the officer’s part he must appreciate that respect is the greatest reward of leadership, but it cannot be gotten expect by being earned.
But occasionally the “once-in-a-generation” fire occurs that is a real problem to control, and severely taxes human ability to stand punishment. It is a tradition of the fire service to always be prepared to cope with the worst possible situation.
If you are going to be a fireman – be a GOOD one.
Next time we will look at Hose Evolutions.
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