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Turn Out: It’s a phrase we are familiar with.  It conjures up images of a dash for the rigs or a turning on to the street.  The masthead graphic calls up the rich history of firefighters turning out over the centuries well before steam, combustion engines or horses, even.  For us, it has come to mean both the act of responding as well as the gear we wear.

Of course, it means other things too: how many people voted (what was the turnout?), and being tossed out of the bar on your ear (We turned’em out.)  It also refers to a wide place in a highway where a vehicle can turn left or right.

So, in keeping with the various definitions, I will endeavor to provide some variety here, too.  We might even talk about an election along the way, and possibly even veer to the left (or the right.)  Being predictably unpredictable is much under-rated.

A brief bio: I became a volunteer in 1971 by employing the dubious tactic of lying about my age. (15) Later, I served as a career firefighter for 22 years and retired in 1998. I have been a proud union firefighter for 37 years and I also worked at the IAFF beginning in 1999.  I retired from there in 2010.

Eric

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Charlie Dickinson
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When you were around Chief Gaines for any length of time you realized that notwithstanding his long and distinguished career in the active fire service, that just because he retired didn't mean he was no longer engaged learning and sharing on many different subjects and issues of the fire service! Oh no...if anything he "dove…
2015-04-16 00:46:35
Smitty
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Thanks for your big-picture perspective, Eric. I think that when we most need to keep our wits about us and keep in mind a larger context is when we are least likely to do so. Maybe this is why we're all told to count to 10 before responding when we're upset.
2015-04-15 19:21:20
Steve Deutsch
Remembering Glenn
I had never met Chief Gaines until just last month at the National Fire Academy, but having heard much about him in previous classes, it was nice to hear him in person. What strikes you almost immediately is a sense of pride he had, mixed with a passion for the fire service that instills that…
2015-04-15 02:20:15
Stan Mettinger Jr.
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I met Chief Gaines one morning years ago while having breakfast at some doughnut place in Fairfax on 50 with Bill Sheads. Even as a youngster I admired him because he took time as an adult wearing in the firefighter world he talked to me sincerely about being a firefighter. As I progressed through my…
2015-04-14 16:26:24
Thomas Moffett
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The beauty of the English language, is the multitude of words available when describing someone or something. You've made a fine selection to portray Chief Gaines.
2015-04-14 16:14:09
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