Sunday, January 18, 2009

Civilians Fighting Fires? Maybe Coming To Your District Tomorrow!

It's a balmy 46 degrees here on Hilton Head Island, which is a cold January morning in our parts. So in an effort to get your minds moving, I found this AP article in several places (but can be read at Firehouse.com); there is this controversial idea to allow civilians who have not evacuated from wildland fire areas to assist in defending their neighborhoods.

While this sounds like a completely bizarre idea given the propensity for litigation here in the States, the idea has been utilized in Australia for a number of years and seems to be working. Four years ago, when I was at the NFA, one of my classmates was an Australian chief who discussed the concept and all the rest of my classmates were, as you can imagine, a little shocked.

It is just another example of breaking the paradigms about how we currently do business and what may change in the future. Keep your mind open and look for ways to be innovative. You just might be the next Alan Brunacini, who shocked a lot of fire departments around the nation with a far-out idea of customer service being an important fire service quality.
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2 comments:

  1. I have been informed about the Australian "stay in place and defend" concept by Australians themselves. In a country / continent more or less the size of the USA but with only about 10 percent of the population, much of which is sparcely spread about the "Outback", the concept holds weight. Many settlements down there are hours away from their nearest neighbors. I do in fact know of at least a couple of rural homeowners who have implemented the concept here in Spain. By the way, the Australian government and insuance companies tend to favor property owners who take these self defence measures.

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  2. I have been informed about the Australian "stay in place and defend" concept by Australians themselves. In a country / continent more or less the size of the USA but with only about 10 percent of the population, much of which is sparcely spread about the "Outback", the concept holds weight. Many settlements down there are hours away from their nearest neighbors. I do in fact know of at least a couple of rural homeowners who have implemented the concept here in Spain. By the way, the Australian government and insuance companies tend to favor property owners who take these self defence measures.

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