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.
Because you get a choice in your fire trucks, you need to do your homework and select parts that work for your organization. This is beneficial in the short and long term when considering training, maintenance, and repairs.
The premise is that the fire service has a hard time saying no when asked to take on new assignments. Departments get to the point where they cannot commit the time to prepare and maintain competence.
There are many considerations in developing a strategy to deliver water to the fire. The most important of these is firefighters who respond. There need to be enough people for the task, and those firefighters need to be properly trained.
Investing in training across the board, facilities, and personnel has more benefits than just the improvement in performance.
All departments are not created equal in any of these regards, and each must do an honest assessment of its resources and capabilities. They must also commit to training to be the best they can possibly be with what they have to work with.
What would your fire department look like if the membership was trying to win a championship and committed to daily practice and study?