Maintaining vitality of command during incident operations will help ensure the safety of personnel and promote the success of the mission.
David DeStefano looks at the necessary requirements the modern fire officer needs to create a more successful and relevant fire service as we head into this new era.
Are all your companies capable of serving as a rapid intervention team? David DeStefano shares an account and lessons learned from the fireground.
The ability of first-arriving officers to rapidly assess the scene and set an initial action plan into motion will have a tremendous effect on incident outcome.
Firefighters need to keep a "Plan B" in their minds if their initial course of action on the fireground fails. David DeStefano runs through several examples for truck and engine operations.
"When used routinely and adopted as department policy, benchmarks and sit-reps are important tools that enhance safety and efficiency on the fireground," writes David DeStefano.
The sooner rescues are made and the fire is located, confined, and extinguished, the quicker our members will be out of harm’s way, writes David DeStefano.
Adaptability is paramount when it comes to the complexities of the fireground, so firefighters and fire officers need to be ready to react to changing dynamics and circumstances, writes David DeStefano.
David DeStefano writes that firefighters must not overlook one of the most important aspects of maintaining safe and efficient firefighting operations: the institutional knowledge of your first-due area.
"Just as fireground operations only succeed as a team effort, our training programs should reflect the best knowledge, skills, and experience of the department," writes David DeStefano