The fire service is full of actions, traditions, ceremonies, and other types “ways we’ve always done it.” Behind every “what” we do there must be a “why.” We must adapt to the current time, standards and the like, always staying vigilant to never allow the fire to “one up us.”
‘The Eagle and the Arrow from Aesop’s Fables – An Eagle was soaring through the air when suddenly it heard the whizz of an Arrow, and felt itself wounded to death. Slowly it fluttered down to the earth, with its life-blood pouring out of it. Looking down upon the Arrow with which it had been pierced, it found that the haft of the Arrow had been feathered with one of its own plumes. “Alas!” it cried, as it died,
|“WE OFTEN GIVE OUR ENEMIES THE MEANS FOR OUR OWN DESTRUCTION.”|
Ever must we stand to preserve our mission. To protect life, property and the environment, our processes should be reviewed and fine tuned to the “arrow” we are currently up against. We must take account for who, what and where were are. Progression must be part of culture. Acclimate to our changing world both physically and socially. Guard against a serene organization, we can react adequately when faced with change.
When we are soaring high as the eagle and undisturbed, we can lose our steadfast posture. Complacency will easily set in. This is the time when we give our enemy the ammunition to peirce us with the arrow of failure and loss. Train often and on current, relevant topics. Stay in touch with the changing world, ready to adapt. If not we will give our enemy the means for our own destruction.