The decision to switch from offensive to defensive tactics can be a smooth one, but the IC must stay focused on processing the information from inside the structure and then cross-referencing it what their own senses and instincts are telling them.
Jeff and Martha Ellis discuss a recent study involving firefighters from San Diego that most notably found that those with existing back pain/injury were unable to maintain their target test times during the back extension endurance test. This indicates that those with less lower back muscle endurance could be more likely to suffer future back pain and injury. To avoid this, Jeff and Martha suggest performing three main exercise groups that can help strengthen low back muscles: yoga, core lifts and workouts with an exercise ball.
As the fire service safety culture continues to evolve, some leaders are recognizing that fireground size-up is no longer enough. Chris Naum presents a model of dynamic, ongoing risk assessment he believes will ensure greater firefighter safety.