Leadership

Work as Imagined vs. Work as Done

Issue 03 and Volume 173.

Bobby Halton
editor’s opinion ❘ By BOBBY HALTON They say that there is tremendous benefit to using visual imagery. As firefighters, just like athletes, we are taught early in our careers to run incidents through our heads and to imagine or visualize what we would do at every juncture of the incident. Athletes do this prior to a game: They imagine running the play route, catching the ball, and scoring the touchdown. As the firefighter assigned to the nozzle, we might imagine pulling the line, taking the line through the door, and putting out the fire. As the engineer or chauffeur or pump operator, we may imagine spotting our apparatus, connecting to our source, charging the correct pressure to our various lines, and monitoring the radio closely for changing requests or fire behavior. As we move through the system, we eventually get to a place that has a desk, a chair, a…

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