#Writing 101: To Whom It May Concern

Writing 101:  day 14 – To Whom It May Concern

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard for inspiration. If you need a boost, Google the word and see what images appear, and then go from there. 

Today’s twist: write the post in the form of a letter.

It so happened that the book nearest to me (sitting here in the home office/train/hobby room)  was a copy of Situational Awareness For Emergency Response.  by Dr. Rich Gasaway.  There was no text (to speak of) on page 29, rather there were 2 pictures and captions to with.  Reading those captions, what grabbed my attention was Experience .  So here’s my short letter/memo to those of the Fire/EMS Profession

Dear Fire/EMS Personnel (of all levels of experience and expertise),

To the “newbies” listen to those who have been in the field longer than you.  Listen to their words of wisdom and experience.  There is much that cannot be learned in books but only through actual, hand-on, experience.

To the Old-Hats, Don’t let years of experience make you complacent.  Just because you’ve been in the Fire/EMS field for 10, 20, 30, (whatever) years doesn’t make you in fallible.  There’s always something new to learn out there.  Also, Don’t forget you were once a newbie yourself (and most likely made your own set of “stupid” mistakes.  Don’t ridicule and demean;  Help the “newbies” learn and grow and become better.

Here’s a quote from Dr. Gasaway’s book Situational Awareness for Emergency Response:

“My mission (job) as an old firefighter is to ensure young firefighters become old firefighters”


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