I feel it is a very sad reflection on the Fire Service that someone with two and one half decades of experience steps up to offer what every departments senior Firemen, unit commanders and Captains should be doing for their new members.
In the short preface to his book he establishes the sad truth about probational Firefighters who have been cut from their departments because, quote ; " most of the time the mistakes weren't really their fault". Then the blame should have been cast onto their department leaders, not them.
This is the type of foolish nonsense that is responsible for so many departments across our country being understaffed. The cry is heard daily about recruits giving up or the community has too few willing souls to step up and volunteer to begin with, and this is why. I train my people, not "ambush" them. I encourage those who know to offer to those who do not, for free too, not by selling the information like the author of this book is doing. No one fails in my Fire Brigade, they are all given as much training as needed until they get it right.
To me that is the whole idea of "family" and "Brotherhood".
Acting Chief Frederick Georges
American Independent Fire Brigade