Firefighting

Conditions Action Outcome

Issue 5 and Volume 160.

Last month we discussed the importance of always taking the time to “take in” and mentally process closely related sets of critical fireground information into decision-making intelligence. Doing this initial and ongoing mental routine as a regular practice leads to safer and more effective “thinking action,” as opposed to the painful surprises that sometimes occur when we skip the thinking and go right for the action. This critical factor-processing routine becomes the foundation for a very basic three-step system of logic that tactically connects incident conditions, operational action, and the incremental and ultimate outcomes (C/A/O). The system quickly and simply hooks up an evaluation of what is going on (conditions) with a related operational response to those conditions (action) and a prediction and then an evaluation of the effect of that action (the outcome). The three standard parts of the model support how we realistically initiate and continue individual and…

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