Yes, we still have crews who work in collapse zones. Yes, we still have crews going in with uncharged lines. Yes, we still have people on the fireground who don’t speak up when they see something wrong, or don’t listen when people do speak up. And yes, it’s a damn shame when it feels like we lost good brothers for no good reason.
Posted on December 21, 2016 at 2:30pm
Normalization of deviance. If you haven't heard the term, it basically starts with taking shortcuts under pressure. Of course, we're frequently under pressure on this job and, by human nature, we don't always do exactly as we're supposed to.
We don't buckle our waist strap. We don't throw ladders. We don't have solid incident command.
These things don't frequently make-or-break an incident because we're able to "make it work." Talk about a false sense of security. …Continue
Posted on July 24, 2016 at 12:30pm
New analysis coming in the beginning of 2017 from UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute.
That gives us plenty of time to take a deep breath and plan to handle this information appropriately.
Simply, we all need to begin by reading the entire report. The actual report. Not some random Facebook page's analysis of the analysis. Start with the raw material to get a full…Continue
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 12:00pm