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From The Jumpseat: Negotiating Hazards

Thu, Sep 10, 2015

Mark J. Cotter asks, How do we consistently integrate these dual considerations—doing the right things and avoiding the wrong things—into our fireground decision-making process?

From the Jumpseat: The Safety/Identity Conflict

Mon, Aug 2, 2010

Do the stories that make up how firefighters think of themselves actually make it more difficult for them to operate safely on the fireground? Mark J. Cotter reviews a scientific study that says yes.

From the Jumpseat: Advanced Basics

Mon, Jan 26, 2009 Basic does not mean simple. Mark Cotter argues that teaching fire service fundamentals by training in context may be a more effective way of covering the basics than holding just another lecture.

From The Jumpseat at FDIC

Mon, Jun 16, 2008 Mark Cotter discusses how attending the world's largest fire training conference helps keep him on his toes as an instructor.

From the Jumpseat: Constructive Pessimism

Mon, Feb 4, 2008 It's easy for firefighters to become complacent about our need to study and train, but mentally preplanning for the worst-possible scenario can help us focus our efforts.

From The Jumpseat: Everything in its Place

Fri, Jan 4, 2008 Make every operation more efficient by carefully deciding where to place equipment on an apparatus and keeping everyone informed of locations and changes.

From The Jumpseat: Organizational Lethargy

Sun, Sep 2, 2007 The path to continuous improvement involves regular examination of our services. Mark Cotter writes about ways companies and department can stay nimble and adapt to changing circumstances.

From The Jumpseat: Clearing the Air

Fri, Jun 1, 2007 Radio communications can become confused during some of the most crucial times during an incident. Mark Cotter has some simple steps to keeping your crews' channels open even in the most harrowing moments.

From the Jumpseat: Nurturing Your Officers

Fri, Feb 2, 2007 Officer development requires the support of every crew member. Mark Cotter discusses simple ways to help train leaders in your company.

From The Jumpseat: Teaching vs. Training/Walking The Walk

Mon, Oct 16, 2006 Training should be constant. Every call becomes an opportunity to model proper performance, observe for deviations, and address any discrepancies. The ideal is a balance where all members know what is expected of them.

From The Jumpseat: Hurry Up and Wait

Mon, Oct 9, 2006 In order to carry out their primary function, which is to ensure the safety of their crew and the public we serve, more attention needs to be paid to what is happening at a fire scene, and less to a checklist.

From The Jumpseat: Talking It Out

Fri, Sep 29, 2006 Powerful lessons can be learned by meeting immediately after an incident, while still on the scene, and in the relative safety of your own team. This serves as a demonstration for new firefighters, and reinforcement for veterans.

From The Jumpseat: Spotting Talent

Mon, Aug 21, 2006 Being able to think and solve problems are great assets; teaching those skills is much, much harder, and holding onto those who already exhibit such attributes is vital.

From The Jumpseat: Things Happen Fast - Be ready.

Mon, Jul 3, 2006 Ensuring that all parts of the fire attack mechanism are operating as designed is a constant challenge. Through these basic practices, though, we can remain both effective and engaged.

From The Jumpseat: Know The Tools To Do Your Job

Mon, Jun 12, 2006 The dynamic state of many apparatus compartments can make it even more difficult to keep track of everything as the department purchases new equipment, temporarily removes malfunctioning equipment, or revolving shifts move equipment around.

From The Jumpseat: The Well-Equipped Jumpseat

Mon, Apr 3, 2006 When I explore any new apparatus, the design of the jumpseats and how they help firefighters perform several key functions, form my criteria for assessing its capabilities.

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Mon, Mar 6, 2006 I hope to provide warnings, introduce innovations, and, in general, help us all to better understand our role as firefighters.

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