09/20/09 43 W, 1 I - + 9 - 13 Tradition

Great quote, found elsewhere on the Fire Chief magazine web site. "Tradition is what we call something that we do, when we don’t know why we do it." Discuss as desired. Updated with Topol. The other Tevye.

I can’t say anything against that. It actually sounds pretty great.

I do know that some traditions in the fire and rescue service are no longer safe, but are so fun to talk about. Think of riding on the tailboard of an engine… something we don’t do now, but is considered one of the staples of the fire service. The tradition of the firehouse dalmation – has gone out of style due to who knows what. In EMS, we have the tradition that the more blood you get on you, the more work you have done – that’s dangerous and stupid now (by the way, I agree with this one changing to a bad thing).

I know for certain that I don’t have the best standing to talk about this, since I am a relative toddler in public safety, and there are others who are have been doing this for much longer. Please speak up and join the discussion.
CJS (Email) - 09/21/09 - 15:26

Tradition today was neccessity in the past lots of times. We rode rear steps (tail boards) because that was the only place to ride. Nothing like the rush you get from watching the pavement fly by just below your feet at any speed (responding to a call, returning to quarters, even proceeding in a parade) to make you hang on. Laying a supply line was even more fun, hanging on to the side of the rear of the truck, so you didn’t get whacked in the knee by a hose coupling. Oh the joys of firefighting before the enclosed cabs. And Pets, we had a Boston Terrier that was trained to get in his crate when the bells sounded…......... GOOD DOG.
Jon C - 09/21/09 - 19:13

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