Using Ongoing SizeUp for Rescue Profiling

09/01/2011
BY MARK VAN DER FEYST SIZEUP IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF OUR FIREground operation and should be conducted by every responding and arriving member of the fire department, officers and firefighters. The officers' sizeup is geared toward information that pertains to their train of thought. The firefighters gather information that pertains to their operation. We teach new firefighters that their sizeup begins as soon as the call is dispatched and ends when they are back at the station. Most firefighters conduct a sizeup when they arrive on the scene and limit it to what they can see in front of them. Why do we limit ourselves to gathering information for sizeup purposes only when we are respond...

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