Fire Service Members New Year’s Resolutions
From Rookies to Chiefs I have listed some resolutions for us to work on this year:
Train to be technically and tactically proficient on alarms, as an individual member and as a team. Train until it becomes habit.
Train with the nearest firehouse or department in your area. Set up some guidelines and procedures for alarms. The importance of this is having a coordinated action when responding together.
Work on your communications skills on alarms and at the firehouse. Most of the time problems start with miscommunications.
Have self-discipline. Check your apparatus, PPE, and SCBA at the start of every tour. Train more - complain less.
Check the bad attitude and rumors at the door. We are all on the same team.
Lead by Example.
Look out for each other.
Learn from each other. Everyone has their own unique skill sets to learn from.
Educate yourself. Read trade magazines like fire engineering. Go to training events locally and nationally (FDIC). Watch fire related website and webinars. With lightweight construction and higher fuel loads in occupancies as examples, we must constantly stay abreast of how this can change the firefight.
Chiefs, spend more time together with your members. Share a meal together, exercise and train with them. Show them you care.
I have these statements in my battalion notes that I send out each tour:
Focus on the Mission
- Do the Job
“Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.” –General George S. Patton
Have a Great Year.