This interactive, multi-media based presentation will discuss the presence and effects of complacency in the fire service along with how & why we must combat it. Tips on the readiness of your attitude & equipment will be offered for the engine and truck company, rapid intervention team, & incident commander. Many factors have served to increase complacency in today’s firefighters. A complacent attitude is the first step in a tragic calamity of errors that results in a fire extending beyond where it should have been controlled or preventable civilian or firefighter injuries and deaths.
Firefighting is a “team sport” where we all count on each other to be ready when the moment comes. Firefighters often think that they are “ready”. The scenarios discussed in this presentation will focus on the instructor’s personal experiences at several near-miss fireground incidents and will show how the presence or absence of a “combat ready” mindset positively or negatively influenced the outcome. Specific tips will be provided on how attendees can improve the readiness of themselves, their company, and their department. This will include discussion on:
- Personal attitude
- Setup, layout, and use of PPE
- Being “in position”
- “Combat Ready” Skills & Setup for Tactical Operations
- Effective engine company & hoseline setup
- Truck company tool selection
- Setup and deployment of ground ladders
- Planning and equipment for RIT deployment
- Pre-incident preparation for IC’s
The primary purpose of this course is to motivate firefighters to recognize complacency in their firefighting career, how it “error creeps” it’s way in, and how it has a snow-balling effect on the fireground that can ultimately lead to catastrophe. In addition, the course seeks to provide specific tips on how firefighters can stay sharp, fight complacency, and stay “combat ready”. Having attending this presentation, students will be able to: – Recognize the impact of complacency on fireground operations. – Understand the concept of “error creep”. – Apply the concept of “Practice, Preparation, Anticipation” – Identify the operational need of full use of PPE – Discuss the importance of a “combat ready” attitude and equipment setup – Apply the various presented tips and skills to their equipment and apparatus in order to improve fireground efficiency.