Managing Risk Management

Issue 11 and Volume 163.

BY ALAN BRUNACINI Risk management is a topic we now hear and read a lot about. It has emerged out of the very appropriate increased concern for firefighter safety and survival. We deliver service based on our ability to quickly stand in front of a customer who is being threatened by some risk. Based on our doing that for the past 250 years, we could be called the “Risk Department.” To manage risk, we must first size up that risk, which is the topic we have discussed in the past several columns. Accurately evaluating the fireground risk present and how the level of risk is evolving is a very challenging and unforgiving process. Sadly, since the beginning of our service, firefighters have been and still are injured and killed by hazard zone risks that surprise and overpower their safety systems. Being able to manage our operations in relation to those…

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