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Being Combat Ready on the Fireground

Thu, 2 Aug 2012|

Nick Martin discusses the idea of being combat ready--that is, paying extra attention to the little details that may mean success or failure on the fireground. Sponsored by Globe.

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Welcome to fire engineering -- minutes thank you to our sponsor. We'll turn out here I'm nick Martin and today Curtis and I are here to talk to you about being combat ready on the fire ground. The idea combat ready is something that came to us many years ago when people -- founded traditions training Pete was one of those story firefighters. With decades of time and some of the busiest fire companies in New York City. He had a lot of fires under his belt and he was one of those guys who did the types of things that we only read about or see on videos these days. And if anybody had the experience. Behind them to make decisions about what was the -- and what was real deal it was -- but that's not what he did. Attitude -- often it's a series a little details that come together to make a big performance. -- the time only see tragedy on a fire around whether it's a loss firefighter a loss civilian -- a fire that shouldn't have gotten out of hand as it did. It's most often not a result of one catastrophic event. It's a -- a series of small failures that compounded to make a big tragedy so what we need to do whether we're career or volunteer whether it's our first -- in a fire house -- our last day before attire is everything that we need to do. Everything we do these to be focused on being a 110% ready every time we go out the door. We need to treat every -- we go on as if it will turn out to be the fire -- career because until -- alarm is is over we don't know what it will turn out to be. Nothing shelling means nothing. -- times in my career some of the worst fires that I had an opportunity to go on started out as nothing fires and handed out as some of the worst fires. That I've ever been so often it's a series of smaller details and the kind of illustrate what I mean cars and I gonna show -- just a couple of small tips. One of the things I used to do being left handed is. Throughout my turn out here all my supplies are up and down my left side also when I come off -- the raid. Whether I'm carrying out -- ions are a whole lot on my shoulder that's on my left side to. So now -- I would go to find a -- shock on my -- -- -- my left side. And I end up having -- put down what I was carrying in order to access realizing that problem announced or all my door talks in -- right. Pocket all my pants so that I can easily get -- without having to put down the important -- that I'm carrying -- my left side. Other small details. That make a big difference are checking out our equipment -- is checking out our so our rescue saw. A couple of things he's looking that is do we have the right blade is the bleeding good condition is or ever on there tight do we need to replace that -- -- -- fluids. The we have a full tank a gas -- this is that teens saw that we had bar oil and it. Is it all topped off not just mostly for what is it to the brim -- so it has every second we need one. All of our switches all of our switches to be set to the proper position so that all he needs to do when he comes off with a rig at a fire with this office pool accord. Our compression switch is press then our choke is out our trigger lock is locked and -- off switch is not engaged. All we need to do is -- accordingly go when he engine company what we do is we fight fire right our biggest -- here are not do we check our novels every day when you get assigned the novel position. We should be checking to make sure our bail is functional and in good condition. If we have an adjustable nozzle is the patterns that on appropriate pattern our connections -- needed a hose and if it's a breakaway nozzle to the bail assembly. It's all series a smaller details and all them individually may scene is consequential but when all those when those small failures come together at the same time on the -- fired round. That's where we end up with track. Being combat ready is difficult it requires a lot of -- effort and a lot of attention to detail day after day. More often than not your attention to detail is not rewarded because nothing big happens. But when something big does happen you're gonna be ready to go if you keep combat ready as your attitude every day in the fire. Thanks for watching fire engineering training minute and thank you are sponsored we'll turn it.