Friday, November 23, 2012
First Responders Don't Sign Petitions
When a fire is discovered and the call for help comes in, a fireman's first thought is not to sign a petition or join a protest against the fire, he or she doesn't wait for a committee to decide if the folks in danger deserve help . . . they just help. First Responders take their intense training, proper gear and go into action.
Arriving at a scene, intense, rapid evaluation occurs - the debating of procedures and policies is done well before and after the act of saving lives:
> If at all possible and even at their own peril, they make every effort to save all lives - humans and animals. Someone they save might very well have contributed to the reason for the fire or caused it to grow larger. No matter, there's time for those considerations later.
2. AFTER everyone is safe, they methodically extinguish the fire, thus eradicating the current danger.
3. Later there will be clean up, investigations and perhaps reflection.
What if we considered ourselves First Responders and trusted a team behind us to consider the reasons for the issue after the saving was done? What might this look like for starving children or citizens without a home?
Can we save lives FIRST and evaluate later? Are we saving a life today with a petition? We consider First Responders to be our most courageous citizens. At this time in history, perhaps we add to our definition of courageous acts in order to expand who may hear the voice on the other end of the phone saying, "911, what is your emergency?" and "help is on the way."
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