Around mid-day, a structural response was transmitted for "a light smoking" inside of a gym facility. One of those dispatches where so many are tempted to judge the outcome of the call before they even get on the fire truck, and their conduct on the scene then reflects that attitude. Nationally, this complacency too often results in a predictable surprise that we call a tragedy. As I was in the area, I responded on the call and noted the following actions being carried out by responding…Continue
Posted on November 25, 2015 at 12:30pm
In my Department's "Rookie Book" process, probationary firefighters have a 6-month series of monthly tests. These tests consist of written questions & knowledge and skill-based material. The goal of course is to insure and guide their growth after the fire academy, so that when they come off probation they are well versed in "fire department life" and well capable on the fireground.
The 1st month evaluation is conducted by the rookie's battalion chief. There are 18 questions and…Continue
Posted on September 16, 2015 at 6:55am
Posted on July 6, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment
In general, a report of "victims trapped" should not cause any major changes in your initial operations. They may cause slight alterations - like where you take your line, which window you VES, etc. However your plans/SOGs should already be setup assuming there are persons trapped. When added information increases the likelihood of entrapment, we should be doing what we always do - just harder and faster!
Remember, all tasks work in…Continue
Posted on June 29, 2015 at 8:30am