by Tim Klett, Lieutenant –– FDNY
Webster’s Dictionary defines trust as: A deep belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability and justice, etc. in another person or thing. Within this definition there are words like confidence, integrity and reliability which echo the true traditions and values that have been ingrained in the fire service since the first fire brigades of early America.
We must always remember that, in the end, trust is the fuel that runs the engine we passionately call the American Fire Service. Without it, we are simply a ship without a rudder. A ship drifting aimlessly without any clear direction or sense of self. Imagine the confusion, indecision and, most of all, hesitation that would exist on the fireground without trust. It’s important to realize the disastrous effect that any lack of trust would have on our fireground tactics—and ultimately the people we are sworn to protect.