As a profession, we need to make allowance for failures because if we don’t, we are creating an environment that will promote inaction.
The selection process for a TI is not an easy or a simple task.
What if the next time the video is of your fire department, and you must explain your actions?
The most common mistake firefighters make when using a TI is thinking it’s okay to stand or walk in an unsafe environment.
What is going to be expected of your members when the time comes to perform?
Have you ever emerged from a structural fire wondering how hot you are?
The aspiring officer has to be willing to step up, and the department has to serve as the guardian or mentor.
It takes training, discipline, and attention to detail, but when all this is accomplished, you are set up for success in one of the best spots on the fireground.
The job can certainly be overwhelming, but providing the most accurate, timely, and reliable information possible is the backbone of most good fireground decisions, and a thermal imager (TI) can help with that.
As a firefighter, it will be a constant struggle to work at your skills in reading flashovers.