Surviving the Fireground

BY MIKE MASON Firefighters are faced with an ever-changing and dynamic fireground at structural fires. This has made it vitally important to understand what it means to have situational awareness at these incidents: knowing that personal and high-risk aggressive firefighting could lead to injuries and death and that the rules of engagement for a given situation are components of situational awareness. The term "situational awareness" has long been used within the military and, most recently, within the fire service as a concept that enables soldiers and firefighters to make the necessary rapid decisions under extreme stress. A mental mindset for establishing situational awarenes...

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