Are you combat ready or passively engaged?
We discussed how today’s First-Due Officer must perform smarter with increased perceptions, discernments and acumens with intelligence and wisdom that is drawn from further progressing and collective fire ground response and operational experiences.
Here’s today’s situations to think about at the station, around the kitchen table, over a cup of coffee in the day room after your next alarm or tonight at the station for a “back step” company drill.
What are the Adverse Conditions that might be encounted upon arrival as the First-Due?
- Flashover, Backdraft, Compromised or degraded Structural Conditions, Collapsed Conditions, Structural Collapse, Wind Drive Fire Behavior, Extreme Fire Behavior, Pre-Flashover/ Post-Flashover….
- How Effective are you in Reading the Smoke?
- How About Reading the Building? Do you understand Occupancy Profiling and Occupancy Risk?
- Are you Taking the Time to Read the Subtle or Pronounced Fireground Indicators.; Comprehend their meaning or are you just “too engaged in the tactic or task?”
- Do you have an appreciation for Tactical Patience?
- Are your operations Tactically Driven by SOP’s and SOGs?
- What Rules of Engagement are you considering?
- Have and IAP in mind?
Take a look at the other discussion points along with additional video clips and references at the full article discussing the First-Arriving Company HERE