By Gerry Shannon, Director
|The question was asked many times, How am I to learn this job
from those veterans who have done it for thirty years? You are
looking at the resource to train people in the field in a way
that can be passed on for the next hundred and twenty-five years.
Al (the brains of the outfit) Gughemetti and Joe Wright, one of
the sharpest officers in the department, have put together a team
of experts to teach every aspect of fire suppression you could
imagine. Rich Pogre, John Ahern, and Bob Childs can explain through
example, any aspect of truck work, with the little nuances you
wont get from a book. Joe Douglass, Jim Murphy, Brian Kearney,
Dudley Wood and Russ Albano can demonstrate how to operate and
maintain an engine or any other equipment the S.F.F.D. has at
its disposal, for maximum supply and performance.
These extremely dedicated individuals have given their best to the City of San Francisco and although they all shun praise, they are a resource for learning tricks of the trade, to do the job correctly. This knowledge is what could keep you and your fellow firefighters out of harms way. I hope it will be used to its fullest potential. They are there to teach hands on, by battalion, company or individual basis. The opportunity is awaiting everyone, the hope is this limited time offer is used with no down time.