I’m in that space where I am uninspired by anything, and it’s hard to force to write something. It just doesn’t sound right.
It just seems that there is little going on right now, very little controversy to write about anything. Does it sound bad that I need some controversy to get me going?
I have been very reflective lately though, about things that have transpired and seeing a big pattern or a series of unfortunate (or fortunate) events that have created the situation in which we now reside. After talking to some old sages while working overtime the other day and remembering some old conversations I’ve had with colleagues in the past brought me to a simple question: What if this is really all we have? Are there really no new ideas?
Sure, we have innovators in emergency services out there that supposedly “create” something new, but is it really creation, or is it recycling and renovation?
I read a book over the summer called “On Killing,” it’s a book on the US Army reading list about conditioning soldiers to fire their weapons by creating hyper-realistic situations. They researched the rates of fire and damage patterns from past wars and compared them to the Vietnam war and found that firing rates were faster simply because it was easier, but it was still easily faked. Through the creation of realistic training the Army found it could make units much more effective but creating muscle memory where soldiers will fire their weapons out of instinct.
Several months ago I covered part of a mass casualty exercise put on by Jim Logan and Dr. Joe Holley where they recreated an MCI incident. The training was as close to realistic as it could possibly be made, and it is a smash hit every time it is put on. Personally, I loved it.
It is also proven fact that firefighters, when exposed to live fire in training, and the training fires made as realistic as possible, will respond in those patterns every time out of habit and instinct.
So what am I getting at? It has been well known since the 1970’s that we can produce responses based on realistic training, so we are applying military training techniques to other areas of life. To me, it seems that we’re just renovating and recycling.