With events such Dallas and its ongoing grief, it is a little timely to introduce a new series on tactical medicine in the civilian setting. We also welcome a new contributor to the site: Melanie Brown. As one of CareFlight’s Clinical Nurse Consultants for Medical Education and with a background as an Emergency Nurse and independent practitioner […]
An Open Letter to Battalion Chief John Salka, FDNY(ret)
Reference recent interview critique of “Hitting it Hard from the Yard”
I recently watched a short television spot that starred you. The piece highlighted some concerns you have with the seemingly mindless adoption of “new” fire suppression techniques. I watched your spot, read the transcripts and was indeed compelled to write you a letter.
You are right. “It certainly is a lot easier and a lot safer to be out there than inside,” and if that is where the story ended all of your other points would be immediately validated. And you are right when you say, speaking of the researchers, “They set all these beautiful controlled conditions up, do an experiment and then write down with their little pencils the results and say, `look what happened. Look what happened. Look what happened…” I start this letter by…
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“Just like anything else, whichever you choose to use, lay out clear expectations to make sure everyone’s on the same page, then train on it and actually use it.”
“You can be “salty” (yes that’s still a good thing), without “looking” the role, by simply letting your actions speak louder than your appearance or attitude. You know the right things to do (wear your mask, take a shower when you get back, wash your gear regularly, no gear in the living space and wash your uniforms separate for other items), so do the right thing for you and your family.”