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Firefighter Training Podcast – What Are The Actions, After the After Action?

This week The Firefighter Training Podcast will look at what do you do after an incident. Is it just status quo? Do you do a curbside critique? What is a curbside critique? Is there a formal after action report?

These topics and more importantly what do you d to correct yourself and improve your department’s performance after you respond? Do you give your operations as checkup.

Firefighter Training Podcast – MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY – An Interview with Providence RI firefighter Dan Rinaldi

This week The Firefighter Training Podcast looks at a case history of a Providence RI firefighter who was trapped in a collapse during a working fire. The story as told by him will recount his thoughts and how he assisted in the efforts to get himself rescued.

This episode is good for all members of any size departments
This episode talks about some “mental’ self survival tips.

Tactical Fire Problem – Light Plane Down

This week The Tactical Fire Problem involves a light plane crash off airport.

1.) One of your members with his POV is trying to remove at least 1 occupant. You have just arrived and apparatus is 5 minutes away. One other member has arrived on scene and is at the front of the plane. What is your plan?

2.) How much fuel could be on this small aircraft and where is the fuel carried or stored?

3.) What agencies need to be notified?

4.) What is the role of law enforcement in this case?

5.) What resources will you need and how long will you be on scene?

Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – Organizational Problems & Solutions

Join us on Sunday December 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM Eastern time  when the panel will discuss some of the most common organizational problems. These will include morale, lack of training enthusiasm, bad officers, bad administration, volunteer recruitment and retention and whatever questions you might have.

Watch here, on firefightingtoday.com or watch live on YOUTUBE and join us in the live chat.

Actions and Motives

This one is a fire service lesson for sure but I hope it makes you think of life lessons as well. It is about actions and motives and or intention. We do many things at fires, in the firehouse and in life. Today I am asking the probing question….why?

Lets look at a bunch of examples. You are on social media and you are vehemently expressing your beliefs and theories of the “only way to fight fires”. WHY? Do you want to educate? Do you want to impress someone about your level of education and experience? Is it your intent to demean them and their experience and show your superiority?

These are all different reasons for abusive social media stuff, but what is your motive? Do you think about the why, and do you think about what your perception is to others?

You arrive on the scene of a house fire, it is marginal, everyone is out. You jump off the engine and enter the structure. Did you do that because you were following your training? Did you do that so your crew and officer don’t think you are a coward?’ Do you do it because you think you are smarter than the facts presented and there might be someone in there? Or you just think it is the right thing to do?

There is a bad community climate in your city or town. You start your own personal work slowdown. You arrive on the bell, you don’t do house duties, you barely do truck checks and you are in a consistent foul mood. Why? Because someone else is in charge of your happiness and you are OK with that? Because you think if you don’t do you job and you punish your co-workers you will affect the citizens and make them change their mind? Because you have forgotten that you work in the greatest most noble profession in the world?

See your challenge this week is this….When you do something, silently ask the question, “Why did I do that or why did this just happen?” For real , don’t white wash this look hard and look deeply.

You will feel better, you will perform better, and you will be a better team member, if you just reflect upon your actions, motives, and intentions.