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.
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.