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Seize the learning moments for fire education

It is encouraging to see an entire community learning about fire-safety and taking action

Editor's note: A brutal wildfire season was very difficult for many Texas communities and fire departments. But the aftereffect has been more 'fire wise' residents. Chief Adam K. Thiel, looks at how these lessons learned can make communities and fire departments stronger.

As much of a tragedy as last year's Texas wildfires became, it's nice to see an entire community (fire service and beyond) learning lessons and, more importantly, taking action based on the experience.

We know that many of the incidents to which fire departments respond are impactful to those involved. Less frequent are those (like these wildfires) that serve as "focusing events" for a whole community.

It's vitally important that we take advantage of these opportunities to have candid conversations with those we serve about our capabilities and limitations. Just as critical is making sure our own members take the lessons and convert them into positive action.

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