Holding the Line: Who’s your true back-up?
Firefighters understand the value of team work. We are taught from the very beginning that the success of our efforts is based upon how well we work together. One of the areas that this is most evident is during hose-line advancement.
The end result of the nozzle man’s work of extinguishment is directly correlated to how well the back up firefighter works with them. In short, without the back-up firefighter working in unison, anticipating the next move, pulling the weight, and working out the kinks; the nozzle man’s job would be very difficult if not impossible.
As firefighters, the value of teamwork is so instrumental to what we do that the following statistic is contradictory to everything we stand for:
Firefighters have the highest percentage of divorce than any other profession. (Between 60-84%)
If the success of our efforts in firefighting is based on how well we work together then shouldn’t the success of our efforts at work be based on those holding the line for us at home?
As I have just returned from a week of some of the most invigorating and inspirational time with some of the greatest fire service minds in the world I would like to take a moment and give thanks for my wife. While I was teaching, learning, and growing in my understanding of fire behavior she was at home holding the line by herself. She took care of our daughter, took care of the house, took care of the bills, cleaned, cooked, and had to face being cooped up due to the snow storm.
The point is this; behind every successful man is the foundation of a strong, loving, and hard working wife. I owe my life and everything in it to the grace of God. Because of His great love, He saved me through Jesus and has given me a glimpse of true unconditional love in the person of my wife.
Dear friends, if you are married, I write this message to you today as a reminder that while you may face great trials in your job that your spouse is “holding the line” anticipating your next move, working in unison, and advancing the line all alone.
The next time you are inside fighting a fire and everything goes smoothly due to the work of your team, remember that team member at home who is holding the line alone for you.