Firefighting

FROM NOTE TAKING TO NOTE MAKING

Issue 7 and Volume 159.

BY BRAD BIGRIGG AND CYNTHIA ROSS TUSTIN One of the most challenging tasks a fire officer must execute comes after the action following an emergency response, a training evolution, or a fire prevention activity. Without exception, every fire officer in the modern world is required to complete some type of incident report, staffing sheet, or response form. Although many of us continue to debate the need for paperwork at anytime, unfortunately, documentation is a necessary evil for fire service professionals and is particularly critical post-incident. The reality is that no one likes paperwork, and it’s human nature to avoid it. The intent of this article is to go beyond the need to take notes and help you develop the skills necessary to make good notes-notes that will help you complete departmental incident reports, prepare for court, or refresh your memory if you are called to the witness stand. The better…

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