At some point, the threats associated with the pandemic will be within acceptable controls. When that happens, departments need to be ready to return to trainings regardless of what the “new normal” is.
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.
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.