Tactical Safety: Marginal Effort Equals Marginal Results

01/30/2012
By Ray McCormack Fire departments that make the YouTube hall of shame may have just had a bad day, but more likely the converse is true: a fireground of marginal effort caught for all to see. It's not even the loss of the home that is so shocking. It is the lack of effort expended that creates the horror factor. Scarier still is the fact that we may just be seeing the tip of that iceberg. Firefighters who lack direction and end up walking around the fire scene aimlessly are allowed to do so by the "incident commander." In these cases, we are bearing witness to people in positions they shouldn't be in. Now that is a direct example of risk. Commanders who lack a basic understand...

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