No SOPs = No Game Plan

No SOPs = No Game Plan

  I have many opportunities to talk with first responders about the importance of having standard operating procedures (SOPs) or standard operating …

Mission Myopia

Mission Myopia

The tones drop for an apartment building fire. On the way, dispatch is advising multiple calls, confirming a working fire and the possibility of people …

The Downside of Experience

The Downside of Experience

Firefighting is a dangerous vocation. Nearly every aspect of the job contains some element of risk. Training and experience help us manage the risk and, …

Room for improvement

Room for improvement

I recently read an investigation report where a firefighter died and it made me sad. First, as we see so often in after action reviews, it appears as though …

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

Giving L.I.P. to R.I.T.

  I would like to share the results of a series of informal polls I have been conducting over the past several years. I have been conducting these surveys …

Meta Awareness

Meta Awareness

  Developing and maintaining situational awareness at an emergency scene can be a very challenging task. Scenes are often stressful, complex, time …

Weather can impact situational awareness

Weather can impact situational awareness

You may recall from earlier discussions that situational awareness is formed by gathering information about what is happening in the environment around you. …

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