Thanks to my FireEMSBlogs.com partner Bill Carey of Backstep Firefighter for hosting the second edition of the First Due Blog Carnival. The topic was “Influential Fire Reports” and several top notch contributors stepped up with gripping stories, some painfully personal. The result was an absolutely superb collection of “must-read” articles for firefighters worldwide. Check them out here. Thanks, Bill!
With the April edition of the First Due Blog Carnival complete, it’s time now to begin collecting your submissions for this month’s topic: Sharing the Wealth. Whether young or “seasoned”, career or volunteer, rural or urban, each of us has seen or heard something which changed the way we personally approach firefighting.
Maybe we learned it from a wise captain, or picked up something during a training session. Maybe we witnessed something on an emergency scene. Maybe we learned from an informal debate around the kitchen table. Maybe someone pulled you aside and whispered something in confidence which made you think how you could handle the next situation more easily, more effectively, more safely.
These are valuable gems which, until now, have been been mined on an individual level. Now it’s time to “Share the Wealth”. Let others benefit from your treasure. Share with us the pearls of wisdom which you found to be invaluable in your quest to be the best firefighter you can be. Together, we can multiply their effects and allow others access to our individual treasures.
As you relate your story, please include the circumstances under which you encountered the information (fire scene, day room, local bar) and from whom the information was obtained. Be sure to include any pertinent links or photos. Most importantly, let us know how it changed the way you personally operate and why. It’s hard not to get excited about how this may turn out- with your help.
Submit your story by Wednesday, May 26 so I can get them out right before Memorial Day weekend on this site. If you don’t have a blog, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be honored to guest-post your submission.
Thanks for doing your part in Sharing the Wealth!