Point-to-point decision making allows the decision maker to identify and process problems; visualize the solution; and with tools, practice, and experience, choose the most direct line to connect the two.
Michael J. Barakey dissects the tactics and subsequent lessons learned from a response to a large barn fire involving trapped animals in February 2019.
What are the benefits of running emergency medical service (EMS) calls off the engine or ladder company? The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) topical run profile demonstrates that fewer than 10 percent of runs made by fire departments involve fire. More than half (55 percent) of the incidents to which fire departments respond are categorized as EMS or rescue.1 Many times, firefighters do not value EMS calls; they lack the adrenaline-producing results, which most firefighters enjoy experiencing, of the fire or nonmedical emergency response.