Firefighter Training, Firefighting, Fireground Management

Crew Resource Management The Elephant in the Fire Station

Issue 7 and Volume 166.

BY CRAIG NELSON It is three o’clock in the morning, and your engine or truck company is toned out to a working structure fire in an apartment building. Right off the bat, you start trying to gather information about the incident to which you are now responding because that is what this job is about-gathering information so you can safely and effectively produce the best possible outcome when you go to work. The more information you have, the better the decisions you can make. We are trained to be problem solvers in an extremely complex and often fast-moving environment where we encounter a multitude of dangers and hazards. Yet, the vast majority of our incidents end successfully, often preventing severe damage to lives and property. In the world of fire, as cheesy as it sounds, failure is not an option! Training, experience, education, and hard work come together on a…

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