As the world gets more complex, so does the firefighter’s job. It is easy to sometimes overlook some facets of the job, but due diligence is required. Stay focused and prepared.
As many of these incidents are not frequent events for many departments, there is a need to prepare and understand the challenges.
Using technology to improve performance, efficiency, and reliability is applicable to all aspects of the fire service. This would include the various components that make up fire trucks.
Those who are trusted to make sure water gets to where it needs to be must know what to do when Murphy’s Law presents itself.
Where once there could be great standardization of policies and procedures, the variety of situations presented makes a “one-size-fits-all” approach difficult to maintain.
One of the biggest challenges many fire departments face is the addition of responsibilities to the public’s emergency response expectations.
this all-hazards approach has presented many challenges, some of which many fire departments cannot address because of a lack of resources, whether it be staffing, training, or equipment.
While we can always improve the hardware, the more important issue is to improve the firefighters’ capabilities through training. Every day must be a training day, and the critical topics must be covered.
The future continues to promise optimism but only to those who embrace the challenges being presented. While generalizations for fire departments can be made, each fire department should look to the future and anticipate the major issues that are likely to change the way they do business.