07/22/08 47 W - + 11 - 14 Locution, Take a Breath!

More storms, more tones. The structure fire on Castlegate Drive dispatched a minute ago was a mouthful: Wendell Engine 115, Wendell Truck 115, Rolesville Engine 15, Rolesville Engine 153, Raleigh Engine 28, New Hope Rescue 14, New Hope Tanker 9, and New Hope Car 3. She never gets excited, does she?

Shall we pull the horse out of the ICU and beat it a little more (about how it would be much simpler with a county wide numbering system)? Hahahahaha!!!!!
Silver - 07/22/08 - 22:10

Nope…already cremated and the ashes scattered…
DJ (Email) - 07/22/08 - 22:26

Silver - 07/23/08 - 00:12

Oh come on Dale. We haven’t had this debate in nearly 90 days now. Think how simple it would be if…
Olson - 07/24/08 - 00:30

Aw, come on, Mike… It’s only 5 sets of tones across three dispatch frequencies… a good fire in the south end of the county has more…
CJS (Email) - 07/24/08 - 04:53

The county-wide numbering issue was supposed to be sent to a Fire Commission sub-committee many months ago.

Anyone know the status of that action?
harkey (Email) (Web Site) - 07/24/08 - 08:39

It was nothing but a well pump house on fire. They said it was approximately the size of a 10×10 shed.
RescueRanger - 07/24/08 - 10:52

Jon, it reminds me of the following-

“If an idea’s worth having once, it’s worth having twice.” Tom Stoppard

But then I think about how it goes every time and I think about this one-

“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument is an exchange of ignorance. Robert Quillen

We can come up with many reasons to do something, and all we here is not to because, well, that’s the way we have always done it, or “our situation is different”, or whatever.

It’s the same old thing. Bring forth an idea that will make our jobs easier (which at my age I am all about doing) and someone will argue to the end that what we are doing now is better. I have heard it for 30+ years- “It’s what we are all used to”, “It’s always worked before”, “It would be too hard to change”, “It won’t be any better”, blah, blah, blah.

I heard it when we started using 1 3/4” hose (“it’s too heavy”, “it’ll take up too much room in the hose bed”, and “it’ll use too much water”); Nomex turnouts (“we need to know when it is too hot and when your turnout gear starts to burn it is time to get out” and “Nomex is too expensive”); pressure-demand SCBA (“it’ll use too much air”); ICS (“the chief cannot possibly know what’s going on unless he can move around”);NFPA and NC Fire Commission with firefighter certifications (“it’s going to destroy the volunteer fire service”, “it’s too expensive”).


Sub-committee? Take a look at how the NC and US Legislature and Congress handle things “sent to a sub-committee”. That’s ‘politicaleze’ for ‘buried in a black hole somewhere and hope it does not come out’.

I see the light, you see the light. But for now, I think I will try something that I can make better progress at, like trying to get my step-son to move out.

Which brings me to one of my two favorite quotes of all time-

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

So, gather up the ashes, buy some Elmer’s glue, put it all back together, then beat the crap out of it as you wish.

Later ya’ll.
DJ - 07/24/08 - 15:32

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