Talk like a firefighter

In this “Kitchen Table Debrief” Ed Raposo, chief officer with the Nasonville Fire Department in Nasonville, Rhode Island, talks about the way we communicate and the efforts to make what we say clear at a scene and on the radio.

How Do You Say “Get Out”?

When you need to move people out of a building, or you want your people (firefighters) to withdraw from a building because you have changed strategies, or because of urgent new information, what do you say? “Get out”?

Maybe I’m jumping into this too quickly. Let me start with a less dramatic example:

How Do You Say “Snow”?

It is rumored that Eskimos know 100 words for “snow.” Finding this to be interesting, I did some research into it. What I found was that they actually use about 12 different words to say ‘snow’. The words describe dry snow, wet snow, falling snow, drifting snow and so on. The number was inflated to a hundred by including compound words, like considering snowball and snowman different ways to say “snow”. Still, twelve ways to express the concept of snow is still impressive.

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