Firefighters are the jack of all trades and the master of them all! That doesn’t happen by accident.
Some of the strongest leaders among us have pushed it right to the edge, and some have even gotten kicked off the team.
Fire departments tend to try and be proactive in many disciplines in the response to fire, medical, hazardous materials, and technical rescue scenarios but still need a focal point to plan ahead.
Once we question someone about why they do it differently, we begin to understand them better. We may not change each other’s views, but we can respect one another better because of that understanding.
It has become evident that crisis and terror events may take place in all types of communities, involving both fire and police departments, regardless of their size or capacity. Are we prepared for these types of incidents?
A relatively new firefighter writes to Nozzlehead to ask what constitutes a box alarm and what is a second-, third- and fourth-alarm box.
When a reader writes to Nozzlehead, explaining that he feels that we have too many warning lights on fire apparatus, Nozzlehead offers him a piece of his mind, arguing that there’s hardly such a thing as “too many lights” when it comes to responding but that there can be too many lights when apparatus are stationary and simply need to convey caution to passing motorists.
Todd Harms discusses the importance of using tactical worksheets during fire, EMS and other emergency situations that require the incident commander to keep track of multiple resources. He also details the sections of the tactical worksheet used by the Phoenix Fire Department.