Archive by category Accountability

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making issues and opportunities related to accountability.

Situational Awareness and Accountability

Situational Awareness and Accountability

Not long ago,  I was provided with the opportunity to present a webinar for Firehouse. The webinar was sponsored by Scott Safety. The program addressed the …

Overstaffing

Overstaffing

It’s not something talked about often in first responder circles – overstaffing. Far more often the focus is on issues of understaffing which, …

Teaching decision making to firefighters

Teaching decision making to firefighters

In a recent class I engaged in a discussion with an officer who took exception with my recommendation that firefighters should be taught how to use situational …

Team Situational Awareness

Team Situational Awareness

This is going to be an uncomfortable conversation as we talk about assessing your team to identify your weak links – the members who are not adequately …

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 …

The Art of Speaking Up

The Art of Speaking Up

Earlier this week I got a phone call from a captain in Colorado. He wanted to bounce a few ideas off me about training ideas I inspired during my recent …