Believe me, there is a big difference in the meaning of these two words…. Both imply to get something done (or to get somewhere in a fast manner). But while “Rushed” implies hurried, without regard to the safety of self and others…… “Quick” implies to do so as fast as SAFELY possible. The importance of this when it comes to Emergency calls (for Fire, EMS, Police, etc) is that on the one hand it is important to get to a call in an expedient manner, however one should not be rushed and thus loose site (and mind) of the safety to self and others. Remember this: You are not going to help anyone if you become a victim due to unsafe practices.
Many many years ago, I happened to be at a local fire station when the “guys” got a call. It seemed (at the time) that they were all rushing about, jumping into turnout gear and unto trucks. I realize now that the “chaos” that I saw was actually what you might call controlled chaos. It seemed chaotic to an outsider with little (make that no) knowledge of what was going on. Infact they were very organized in what they were doing. Each person knowing exactly what they needed to be doing and getting it done in an expedient yet careful manner.
When the alarms go off, the adrenalin is sure to start pumping thus kicking in the fight or flight syndrome. I say this tongue in cheek – Take a moment to “center yourself” Make sure you are working in a quick, but not rushed, manner.
Stay Alert, Stay Safe, Stay Alive!