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.
"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.
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.
Is it better to be lucky or good? David DeStefano urges firefighters to hone the fireground skills necessary to reduce one's dependence on the whims of fortune.
"As the lieutenant fidgeted in his seat on the short ride to the reported address, he began to review all he had learned and observed to prepare him for what he would likely discover at the turn of the next block," writes David DeStefano.
The ability to reach the seat of the fire quickly with an aggressive fire attack and then conduct efficient search operations simultaneously undoubtedly saves lives at many residential fires, writes David DeStefano.
Although our work environment sometimes seems to be a place where angels would fear to tread, we should heed the first part of the quote and not make ourselves the fools that rush in, writes David DeStefano.
It is crucial to properly identify building specifications that contribute to prolonged zero-visibility conditions before conducting operations during these fires, writes David DeStefano.