Is there now a reasonable expectation to have extractors or washers available and second sets of turnout gear? Just asking.
From miles driven to equipment carried, ambulances offer different challenges than fire apparatus. When considering purchases and maintenance, take a slightly different approach than you would with typical traditional fire apparatus.
One thing that is often frustrating is the lack of preparation by those looking for a job or promotion. They think they can just “wing it” and don’t realize that they would score much better with just a little preparation.
Taking away personnel because of technology is rarely the best option. The fire service remains a labor-intensive business and will most likely continue that way for a long time. If you want to do the best you can, you need hands to do much of the work.
This is a great time to be in the fire service. There is more information available than ever before.
Today’s firefighting environment is very complex and continually in flux. Building construction is changing, mostly to the detriment of firefighters, and the contents that are burning are creating more hazardous conditions.
Rescue and extrication, like all other aspects of the job, have become more complex and specialized because of the changing work environment and new methods to improve efficiencies and effectiveness.
There is a difference between what the general public thinks the fire service does and what it actually does. This is true no matter where you check, though the degree of difference can vary.
There are things that can be learned from the operations, and all fire service professionals can benefit both from application to their jobs and providing information to their interested citizens.
During some recent discussions about the fire service, the question of how much policy makers and the general public really know about today’s fire service was discussed.