Tuesday, April 26, 2016

When You Least Expect It!

Our post's title, "When You Least Expect It," is quite apropos to two topics we wanted to address today. The first is some good news about our show, "CAUSE & ORIGIN." Word arrived this morning that one of our L.A. contacts has reached out to one of the most well-known and prolific writers of episodic television and will be sending him the paperwork about the show. It goes without saying that there are no guaranties or promises, but it is a chance to have a "fresh pair of experienced eyes," to look at our story and let us know if we have something of value or we're just spinning our wheels. We look at it this way: We've always been told that to do what we're trying to do is all about networking, i.e. who you know! Thus, this is our opportunity to have someone in the business look at the show and provide some honest feedback.

The second topic that today's Post applies to is our everyday lives as firefighters, medics, LEO's, etc. We could be having a great day. Not too busy with calls, some excellent training time and a great lunch. Then, the tones go off and you're dispatched to, what you think is going to be a "routine" call.

Why did I put quotation marks around the word, "routine?" Because that word doesn't frickin' belong in our vocabulary! There is no "routine" is emergency services! That's all there is to it. Routine leads to complacency and complacency leads to injury and/or death. 

If you've got some history on your boots and turn-out gear, think back to all those dispatches to calls that, as you're putting on your PPE, you think, "Oh crap. Another routine call! When are we gonna get a worker?!?!" And you respond to the scene.

Suddenly, what you thought would be a "routine" call, turns into a full-fledged emergency, requiring additional units, personnel, etc. And it happened, "When You Least Expected It!"

So, remove the word "routine" from your vocabulary. Always be ready for the unexpected!

Please don't forget to pick up a copy of my book, "Fish Out of Water - 2 Jewish Guys in a Deep South Firehouse," available at Amazon . Part of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Now, get out there and Stay Safe!

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