Many times, departments try to pack everything on the unit to make it a “do it all” apparatus.
Your size-up should be a methodical, quick, and to-the-point evaluation of what you see, what you’re going to do, and possibly what you need.
A TI is a valuable tool for many applications and should not be overlooked when RIT operations are needed on the fire scene.
By many, sight is perceived as the most precious of the senses. It enables us to process information quickly and often without even being consciously aware.
Using the TI for Medical Emergencies By Manfred Kihn I recently had the privilege of training firefighters in South America, which inspired me to write this month’s column. This vast world we live in gives us various climate changes where in many cases a thermal imager (TI) could be a valuable tool to assist in...
As the incident commander, you must assign an incoming engine as the “truck” because truck jobs still need to be completed.
These calamities are not mere accidents. They are the direct results of poor leadership.
Understand how you can use a TIC during a wildfire response; then practice with it on a regular basis to improve your personal safety as well as your team’s effectiveness.
I know of a volunteer fire department where an elderly lady walked into the fire station and asked the firefighters what they could use.
Build relationships with your local tow operators and train together so that you know what resources are available to you when the call comes in.