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Mon, 2 Dec 2013|




Hi. This is Tom Dunn, I'm a Deputy Chief with the New York City Fire Department and I'd like to welcome all of you to Think Like an Incident Commander. Whether you're currently an Incident Commander or if you're a Fire Fighter or Company Officer with no intention of ever becoming an Incident Commander, I think we have some good, relevant stuff for you in this course. Two of the main things I'd like to hit at. Number one is to improve your ability to see the big picture at a fire or emergency operation. And by that I mean being able to look at an operation from the strategic point of view and not get lost in the specifics of the tactics that you're doing. In other words, appreciating the effects of the things you do on the fire ground. If you open a window, if you cut a roof, if you open a nozzle. You are affecting other people around you. So it's important to reinforce this big picture. The other thing I would hope to do. The second theme I keyed on in the course. Is to improve your ability to generally function on the fire ground. How can you best conduct yourself? How can you do a quicker, simpler and more effective size up? How can we communicate better? What kind of decisions are we going to make and how can we going to make them quicker and more efficient? I think whether you are a chief now or a fire fighter or company officer you will find some relevant stuff in the course. And again just emphasize it's not just for keeps. My own opinion is this concept of command presence should be certainly something a chief should be able to enforce in his life, and his work, but a firefighter and company officer should also find this relevant. As far as my background I've been with the Afghan Y for 42 years. The last seventeen years, I've been working as a chief officer currently assigned to a division that covers, the Bronx and Manhattan. And over that period of time, I've had the opportunity to be the incident commander at a lot of fires, a lot of which fortunately went very well, some of which could have done better. And I've learned from my mistakes, I've learned from my experience. And I'd like to pass on to you some of the lessons I've learned and some of the tools, I think, that you can use to make yourself a, a better firefighter, company officer, or chief. As far as the core structure itself, you'll find this to be a very hands-on type of course. A good section of the course is a section that I will basically hand the ca, the class over to you. You'll be giving a series of fire scenarios and I'll ask you to function as the incident commander. To tell us what you see from a strategic point of view what your plan is to put out the fire. So, we will be using videos. Case studies, fire ground communications. Including some of the actual Mayday communications I've had to deal with on the fire ground. We'll be using quite a bit of photos to reinforce a lot of concepts, like decision making on the fire ground. Size up, how can we do an easier, safer size up. How can we more efficiently communicate to each other and something like stress. This is a topic that I don't think is emphasized enough in a fire service. Whether you're a chief or a fire fighter it doesn't matter, we're in a very stressful line of work and I'd like to give you some of the tools I use from, based on my experiences. To deal with stress in the fire ground, calm yourself down to be in a position to make a better decision as a firefighter or company officer. I also try to gear a course to be as generic as possible. I'm not here to teach you FDNY techniques. I'm from a big city with a lot of resources. Most of you are from smaller towns and you're very. Resource challenged in terms of your personal in terms of perhaps your water supply and the amount of apparatus you have at the scene. So the concepts that we're going to go over are very generic there things that you can take home with you. My goals for the course would be that you can walk away a little more comfortable that you can make a decision a safe decision on the fire ground. Make a quicker more effective size up at the fireground. Communicating with each other more effectively and generally conducting yourself feeling that command presence we all talk about. And the net result of all of this naturally is to make us safer as firefighters. So again, welcome and I hope to see all of you [UNKNOWN].

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