Legos and Rescue

Rescue’s take a certain type of fireman, they’re often the methodical thinkers that can solve any problem. These firemen think ahead, WAY ahead. They are planning on what to do when plan-C and D don’t work. But are they a particular breed or are they just simple thinkers?

As I tried to fall asleep one night, it dawned on me that I had to re-assemble my three-year-old son’s “Volcano Truck “ for his show and tell the next day. Assembly should not be a problem, however, the day before, I had thrown away the directions. So all I had to work off of was previous knowledge and a picture I found on the box. Without a hitch, we put it back together, just like it was from the packaging. This happened because my son pointed out a few things that he had remembered that I didn’t. See our minds work differently. He saw the big picture or the finished product and all I saw was the little details.

My son and I are a team, much like my crew and I. At some point, one of the guys on my crew has ‘seen this before’ or done a certain thing, and it worked, which is great when we can all accept that our idea isn’t the best way. These guys have over 100+ years on, they have seen the truck built a time or two and know which way is the best to reassemble after it’s broken. Our minds work differently too; they’re scanning the brain thinking where have I seen this before. Me on the other hand, I am looking at the big picture.

Through all their experience and knowledge, while I don’t deny them the classification as a special breed because they most certainly are. I think they’re just simple thinkers and apply the knowledge of 100+ years. Rarely are they ever wrong, you know why? When they find out something works, they remember it, BUT more importantly, when something doesn’t work they never forget it.

About Steven Hinch 4 Articles
I started my fire service career with the Aberdeen Fire Dept. in August of 2005, where I am currently a Fire Captain. In December of 2008 I started at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, where I am currently a Lieutenant. I am married to my wife Christina and we have an amazing son Jackson.