Do we overemphasize new technologies or are they acting as a crutch for poor fundamentals? This is a question posed in a thread on Firefighter Nation in regard to accountability.
As nice as some of this technology is, at the heart of the matter is this: are we teaching our firefighters to work within an organized approach to incident management or are we allowing them to do their own thing? If we have people who will not work within an established incident plan, maybe they need to find another line of work. Company officers: are you allowing this kind of "rogue mentality"? Or do you insist that crews stay within "voice, vision, or touch" and check in/check out of the Hot Zone?