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.
Early detection before the fire can really set itself deep within the “hog fuel” pile is the first step.
While new technology is important, it's meaningless if it doesn't work or you have poor radio communication habits.
How can firefighters expect building occupants to take fire alarms seriously if they give occupants the impression that they don’t?
Don’t overcomplicate your in-house training program; make it fun yet challenging.
Some firefighters lack the knowledge of the different types.