Fireground Management, Leadership

Encapsulation of Firefighter Illustrates Need for Critical Thinking Skills

Issue 03 and Volume 173.

BY LEIGH H. SHAPIRO As a deputy chief functioning as the incident commander (IC), I was often asked to complete a post-incident analysis and after-action report for significant incidents. At one particular incident, a working fire that occurred at 9 Carpenter Street on August 23, 2015, a firefighter suffered minor injuries during the course of suppression operations. After conducting a thorough examination, it was determined to be primarily caused by the introduction of thermal hoods into the personal protective equipment (PPE) ensemble and the subsequent behaviors that followed their use. (1) Photos by Pat Dooley. At 2358 hours, a box alarm assignment was dispatched at the aforementioned address for a reported structure fire; the assignment consisted of three engine companies, two ladder companies, a rescue company, and a chief officer. Dispatch stated that fire was coming from an air-conditioning unit on the second floor. On arrival, companies reported fire showing…

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