This week on 60 Second Safety we talk about pump operations.
This week Training on Demand looks at larger commercial structures.
This week The Tactical Fire Problem is a split level house.
1.) What is the CAN report?
2.) What room is the fire in?
3.) What is the most likely route of fire travel in a dwelling like this?
4.) Appears to be relatively modern construction. What are your concerns?
5.) How long should it take to control this fire?
This week on Chief Chat we talk about the Opioid epidemic.
This week The Firefighter Training Podcast celebrates Back to School Week with an episode that every day in the fire service is a school day.
The Ask The Chief Segment asks if I ever wanted a Do Over on an incident.
There is a great deal of emphasis on the senior firefighter as it relates to mentoring and leadership in the firehouse and on the scene. I could not agree with this more. In some occasions I came in from the outside as a chief and I often looked to the senior member and officers for some guidance of what is and what was normal.
However, in talking with departments lately, I am hearing of a disturbing trend. The senior firefighter who has checked out or given up. My favorite term for this is ROAD….Retired on Active Duty!
This “giving up” can be for a variety of reasons, all of which may be important, but what is the real challenge is to be able to re-motivate them into becoming productive again. They need to again realize how important they are to the organization and how they need to realize what example they are setting for others.
Leaders cannot lead alone, they need their officers and their senior people.
The first thing is to recognize and realize that this is happening. The second thing is to try and determine the reason, try to fix it if you can.
I think that in many cases, the senior firefighters are the backbone of your agency, but in some cases when they disengage, they can be a problem that even they don’t realize.
Work hard, make sure they know you need them and more importantly make sure they know the organization need them.
This week on 60 Second Safety we talks about collapse…..but maybe not the collapse you are thinking about.