And that is February done and dusted!
I often think that we make too much of an issue about time. We live by our watches and clocks. But the commercial side of life also feeds on time. In October we are bombarded with Halloween goodies, in November with Thanksgiving, in December with Christmas, in February with Valentine’s Day and Easter eggs and goodies straight afterwards!
But time is essential for first responders. When responding to an incident, time is everything. It can mean the difference between life and death. A save for you but everything to the person who’s life you save.
In responding to a fire, time is also everything. Arriving on scene geared up, fit, well-trained, healthy body and mind and with the correct apparatus and equipment in the shortest time possible will provide you with an advantage of not only saving those who are in trouble as well as property but also your own safety. If you don’t look after yourself first, how can you save others?
It also means the difference between fighting a small developing fire and fighting a hungry, all-consuming monster. Fuelload, heat and oxygen = rate of spread. It is not rocket science.
So time is the one thing that only exists on your watch but you can never get it back. It is all about readiness and preparedness. Are you ready? They say time is money but in this industry, time is a life.
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