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Photo by aseef
January 26, 2012
This photo was posted on the Madison County Fire Departments NY Facebook page.
I dislike your article, I like the photo... A lot. I am not a journalist nor should you expect a grammatically correct and perfect response. I am a firefighter, and after reading this article I must ask if you ever considered your personal argument to be considered " burning bridges"? Because you certainly didn't respect the responders with such a headline. Fire scene illustrations, and photographs have been a part of the fire service since the start of the fire service. Which for the United States was Ben Franklin's Union Fire Department of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736. Enter any fire station and the station walls will prove this.
You are angered for this photo... Why? It shows us firefighters a thousand words worth of training and awareness. Firefighters sitting? That is the established Rapid Intervention Crew standing by in the event of a sudden collapse which might injure or trap a firefighter. Also we can observe effective handline and master stream usage through the use of preconnected hose and an aerial device. Scene security through the use of barricade tape to ensure the public remains outside the dangerous areas.
Journalists will "like" photos of a pen, typewriter, or fancy still shot camera because those are pieces of their job. We (firefighters) will like fire scene photos because we see those photos differently from the public. We are liking the operation progression captured in a photo. The safety measures in place to save us, also the fire behavior and progression as it correlates to building construction.
But I am sure our side was taken into consideration prior to the publication of this article. Sorry for your loss but we use these photos to learn from and continue our strive to be the best at what we do. Now I welcome everyone to open your newspapers, I'm sure questionable photos will regularly arise.
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