Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

The Power of Checklists

Issue 1 and Volume 168.

by ALAN BRUNACINI We have been trudging through a discussion about how the capability of a boss can be attached to a place on a vertical list of how that person operates within his job function. As we go up and down the list, there is a corresponding operational activity (what that person does) necessarily positioned across from that capability level; it is very difficult for anyone to perform an action that is above his level of capability. The connection between capability and performance can be measured in the real world (sometimes in an unforgiving and cruel manner): Everyone lands somewhere on the capability scale, and each of us must be responsible for dealing with our own “scale score.” The happy news is that we all can learn new skills, develop more effective capabilities, and acquire a higher level of understanding and then move up the scale. Developing a realistic…

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