Firefighter Training, Fireground Management, Tech Zone

Improving Fireground Communications through Training

Issue 5 and Volume 172.

By Jaime Reyes Recently, there has been a growing interest in fire departments that want to improve fireground communications. This makes sense given that most line-of-duty death (LODD) investigation reports cite communications as one of the factors that contributed to the fatality. We all want to improve our communications, but the problem is that we typically don’t know how to make that happen. It’s easy to say, “We need to be more concise in our communications,” or “We should talk on the radio only when the transmission is absolutely necessary.” But, how do we go about implementing these changes? Like almost anything else we aim to improve in the fire service, it all comes down to training. (1) Size-ups should be concise and from the cab when possible. The apparatus radio has more output power (wattage) than the portable radio, and there is less wind noise in the cab. Keep…

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