Fire department standby requests come in many shapes and sizes. However, it might surprise you to know what kind of equipment is required to do them correctly and not get caught with your bunker pants down. Most go well. But when standbys go bad, they often go really bad.
Don’t be fooled by the name—although the training part of the conference is geared toward those of us who teach fire service classes, this is the Mecca of all opportunity to experience the latest and greatest in “our” firefighting world.
Are there a couple of pieces of equipment on your apparatus that are overlooked, rarely inspected, and—heaven forbid—not well maintained?
I believe that there is another class or type of personal protective equipment that we can and should use in many other less dangerous—but equally as important—situations that we encounter on a daily basis.
Outfitting, equipping, and training moms, grandmas, and grandpas for live fire situations cannot be taken lightly.
How prepared are your department and your neighboring departments for a call involving an overturned school bus with multiple injuries and entrapments?
The truth is that the majority of these departments struggle, fight, bite, and scratch to put compliant personal protective equipment and basic firefighting tools and equipment into service while maintaining crew safety. But, how is a commissioner or even the board of three to five commissioners supposed to be able to distinguish toys from tools—regardless of the type of equipment requested?
It is not as difficult to turn some of these challenges around as you might think. It simply requires real leadership—leadership on the ground and support for the leadership on the ground from folks like commissioners and city councils.