Good Monday Morning!
Sometimes you train 25 years to be in the right place, at the right time. This was the case for Capt. Jim Andrews.
At 8:50 am last Wednesday morning, he was the first Fire Captain called to the scene of the tragic accident in Ottawa, when a OC Transpo bus collided with a ViaRail train.
I listened to the recording of him arriving on the scene. He described what was going on, assessed the situation, and requested the other emergency services needed onsite.
As a leader, he was in the right place, at the right time, with the right skills and mindset.
Jim arrived in a calm state of mind, with a well trained skill-set, honed by 25 years of experience. He took charge in a compassionate and professional manner. This was a day where everything he had done in the past came together to assist him in the present. He shared that that he was given advice early in his career, when he was promoted to Captain.
“You’ve got to have a plan to start with; when you’re an officer, you need to be the voice of calm. I think that was my job.“
A group of people owe their lives and quick recovery to him and the team he led.
Here’s to the Jim Andrews of this world. The good professionals that are prepared, well trained, committed to growing, doing their best, shining their boots every morning to make a difference in this world; even under the most challenging circumstances.
In the right place, along the road with you!
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