Soft skills and the Employee
Everyone has heard that saying about a person that is very smart, but they do not know when to be quiet and listen. The one that says he/she is a great technical firefighter but does not talk to the public well or does not play well with others. The firefighter that is
Training on a dime can be a daunting task, oftentimes, the equipment and tools need to simulate real-world operations are expensive and not feasible for smaller departments. However, there is hope for smaller departments hoping to train, they simply need to think outside of the box. Here are some h
We all likely know that lessons learned are the product of an after-action meeting. What we may not pay enough attention to is how to make the most of the results. Lessons learned has a wonderful sound to it, partly due to the alliteration, but the term does not completely do justice to the process.
At 0100 hours, local fire companies are dispatched to a structure fire in the residential area of Anytown USA. On arrival, the company officer/incident commander (IC) conducts a size up and communicates an initial arrival report. Several moments later, a chief officer arrives on scene, conducts his/
One advantage of being in the late years of my firefighting career is that I have accumulated a significant collection of printed and electronic firefighting resource materials. However, there is a limit to the usefulness of these materials, especially the older examples. I recently decided it was t