I’m starting to feel more comfortable with talking on the radio. Remembering to say the unit I’m calling before my own number keeps making me pause, but as with all things, it’s getting easier with practice.
During all my ramblings on this blog, I hope you don’t think I haven’t made mistakes.
I’ve parked my personal vehicle too far from the scene on several occasions. I’ve dropped my hand-held radio in the mud while at a structure fire, I’ve forgotten to grab a jacket on the way out the door, and I’ve walked up to a crash scene without wearing gloves more times than I can count. These may seem minor, but during the moment they can be major. Having a mud-filled mic when you need to use the radio is a big problem. Forgetting to wear gloves puts myself at risk if someone is injured. It also means I have to return to my vehicle to get gloves which wastes time.
Everyone makes mistakes. My goal is to keep my mistakes small and learn from them so I don’t make that mistake again.
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