Just as firefighters must orient themselves on the fireground, an officer must maintain orientation of their priorities to succeed and grow. David DeStefano considers a method for conceptualizing four factors that are crucial in staying focused.
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.
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.
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.
Firefighters assigned to both engine and truck companies will benefit from the many advantages of having a length of personal rope that they can quickly and safely deploy during operations, writes David DeStefano.
Garden apartment fires may not be a walk in the park, but the well-trained fire company should be prepared for the challenge. David DeStefano shares some tips.
Conducting a rapid search for life and fire coordinated with proper size-up and situational awareness saves not only civilian but firefighter lives as well, writes David DeStefano.