For most of us we will never see a firefighter in our home or in our place of business. Any firefighter will say, that is a good thing. We don’t often think about them until we need them and when we do, they are on the job in record time and they are many times the difference between life and death.
This week we had an unexpected visit at NBC12 from the Richmond Fire Department, due to the smell of something burning. But fortunately, it was not serious and there was no damage, no injuries, and no fire.
I was at a lunch meeting when I received a phone call that their might be a fire in the building, so when I arrived at the station there were several fire trucks in place. As you can imagine that will get the adrenaline flowing. After it was determined that there was no immediate threat, I took the opportunity to spend some quality time with these firefighters.
Since I was a kid, firefighters have always been like super heroes to me and I must admit, I am still in awe of them and what they do every day. I noticed a few things that are usually present with highly effective teams: Leadership, teamwork, freedom of thought, diversity of race and gender, customer service, respect, and a determination to find a solution to the problem. The first thing that the Captain said to me was, "We will find the source of the problem," and they did.
I want to give a salute and thank you to all current and retired firefighters within the sound of my voice and a special shout out to the teams at Fire Stations #22 and #23.
And we can’t forget to say, thank you to Joseph Mary, who will be retiring this week after 30 years of heroic service!!!