Firefighter Survival: Are You "Four" or Against Strategy? Part 1: Strategies and Tragedies

By Richard Mueller Strategy and tactics are one of the fire service's favorite topics of discussion. No other subject gets more ink in our books and trade magazines or debate time around the kitchen table. However, when firefighters talk about strategy, it is usually a pretty short discussion because the conversation usually shifts quickly to tactics. In fact, when firefighters reference the two, many actually say "tactics and strategy" rather than "strategy and tactics"--even though thinking about what we are going to do comes before doing it. Unfortunately, this is also repeated at incidents by too many who give little thought to strategy and automatically default to...

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