Adequate training will prevent you from committing an error the first time whereas experience will help you to avoid making any mistake the second time.
This is a quote mentioned by a fire service mentor I am acquainted with. Being an experienced individual who has served for more than 40 years in the fire service department he comprehends the fact that in case we rely on it solely it won’t be feasible to achieve our target of optimal service delivery for the citizens. Unfortunately, experience is viewed by some individuals in our profession as the sole worthy teacher. On many occasions, I differ from them while debating strategies and other similar things.
Let me clarify it so that there will be no misunderstanding
EXPERIENCE IS INVALUABLE! Nevertheless, it is quite difficult for you to control it and it is something which you will not be able to measure. Moreover, it is going to vary depending on what exactly you do and also the location where you work. It is not possible for a rural firefighter to have sufficient experience by attending one fire every month as compared to the urban firefighter who usually goes to as many as 25 fires every month. However, the rural firefighter was required to establish a draft on that particular fire every month whereas the urban firefighter had the opportunity to hit a hydrant every single time. Moreover, the rural firefighter was required to manage large homes and also stretch long lines while the urban firefighter did pull a pre-connect while dealing with a home having an area of 1000 square feet. Now the question that arises is who has got more experience. I believe that although the experience is not the same, both of them do have value. It will be prudent not to discount either of them while neither is applicable to each fire department and must be assessed as such. It is now evident that it is not possible to control experience; however, let us talk about what can be controlled.
Things that can be controlled
Training: It is not required to train for a minimum of 60 minutes in every single session. It will be advisable to spend most of this training period on what you actually perform. Drafting, dry hydrants, tanker shuttles and so on ought to be the rule in case you happen to be a rural department. On the other hand, training must be provided by the urban departments on forcing entry, stretching lines into occupancies of different shapes as well as sizes and also hydrant operations. Investing some time in training for the oddball materials is also essential. A big city experiencing a water problem must comprehend how to draft. In case a severe forcible entry situation is encountered by a rural department, they must understand how to cope with it; experience will not be able to teach these things effectively.
Education: It is advisable for you to study regarding fire services as much as you can (I believe one hour every day on or off duty will be okay). Make it a point to go through blogs, magazines, and books and so on and also reread them, make an attempt to comprehend them, highlight the passages and read them again. Besides this, get beyond your comfort zone and take classes.
Physical fitness: Fitness is actually a job necessity and not an option by any means. Although you might not like the idea of getting in shape for yourself, perform it for your family, your crew as well as your citizens.
Attitude: Negative attitudes will be detrimental for any organization. Attitude is actually an option! While choosing your reaction to each situation, try to have an optimistic attitude.
How to control them? Commence with one hour of going through anything related to fire service, one hour of hands-on training and one hour of physical fitness in every single session! In fact, this must be your minimum standard and it will help to link the gap of experience. You might have trained or read about a certain thing which has not been done by you before and in case you are confronted with it in your actual life you are going to have at least a starting point rather than no clue at all. As a matter of fact, you will be in a position to be more efficient in case you train or read on any particular thing which is performed by you extensively. By being in proper shape you will be capable of dealing with any situation successfully which you might be required to confront with and will be able to not only survive but also thrive.
Never waste any day that you do not invest in your team, in yourself as well as your organization.
I convey thanks to you for going through the article; make it a point to spread the word and REMAIN SAFE!
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Eyes in the Sky
The age of technology has given people another chance to help us build a safer and sounder atmosphere for ourselves, our family, and our children. The possibilities are limitless with these unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, which is why people are beginning to invest in them more and more.
In the past, these drones have proven their efficiency in serving as a means of mobile surveillance in dangerous areas without risking possible loss of human life. In recent times though, the applications for these drones have skyrocketed – with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) estimating an ownership of 15,000 drones in the country by the year 2020.
Back in February, in Xiangyang, China, a power company demonstrated a creative way to remove garbage hanging on their hard-to-reach power lines. User operated drones would shoot plumes of fire at garbage hanging over 30 feet up in the air. Now, this might sound extremely dangerous to most, but it is much safer than having to climb there to attempt to retrieve it.
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Other uses include (and not limited to, due to amazing human creativity) application to:
• Agriculture – Farmers can use them for crop monitoring, finding areas that are infested with insects/bugs or even areas that need watering. In the future, drones could also help in the watering department.
• Land Surveying – Drones able to analyze the surrounding terrain, pinpoint questionable areas and target certain defects that could diminish the cost of the land.
• Security – If your alarms go off in your home, it would be better to have a drone check your surroundings than personally walking around and possibly risking your safety or that of your family’s.
• Film Making – For aspiring filmmakers, the use of a drone to capture shots that usually cannot be achieved by traditional means can create a beautiful scene for viewers. Examples of their effectiveness are certain scenes shot from The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
From 2010 to 2015, there was an average of 441,400 domestic fires that claimed 3,138 lives and injuring 15,047 more. These statistics were provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), who also reports a total of $40.1 billion of damage throughout these years.
Whether we like it or not, the local fire department usually arrives late, and that’s what causes this staggering amount of harm. Now, imagine if homeowners had access to an affordable drone that had basic firefighting capabilities. Not only would there be a possibility for you, as the owner, to prevent the spread of the fire, but it would buy time to ensure the safety of family members as well. Fires are very dangerous to fight especially if you are untrained, but having equipment that will allow you to fight from a relatively safe distance before emergency services arrive is an asset you’d want.
The FAA (www.faa.gov/uas) has allowed local fire departments to exercise their processes regarding drone ownership and maintenance certification. Potential owners will, of course, require training which involves not only proficiency with the drone but evaluations as well.
Knowledge of drone technology is an immense advantage in this day and age, the time and money you will be spending on training will pay dividends in the end simply because of a drone’s many uses. UAV technology can only get better as we get further into the future, so the money you spend now can guarantee the safety of you and generations of your family to come.
Fire safety, while often easily overlooked, can mean the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones.
It’s easy to become complacent about fire safety and unfortunately, this can lead to tragedy.
Complacency comes in different forms, including putting off the purchase of new smoke detectors or even replacing the batteries in detectors on a regular basis.
Both wireless smoke alarms and battery smoke detectors can give us and our loved ones the vital few seconds we need to flee to safety in the event of an alarm, so it’s important to make sure they are well-maintained and have working batteries.
If you feel that your home or property isn’t adequately equipped for fire safety, it’s a good idea to ask a fire safety professional to perform an audit at your home. You can do this by contacting your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number.
Stay Aware and Vigilant
There is a reason fire authorities are constantly spending money to market fire safety awareness. This is to prevent people from approaching fire and fire safety in a careless manner.
The vast majority of fires are found to be preventable, with 75 percent of them taking place at home. Causes of these preventable fires range from carelessly discarded cigarettes to faulty kitchen equipment, to people cooking under the influence of alcohol. Proper use of wireless smoke detectors and battery smoke alarms could have prevented countless loss of lives due to faulty kitchen equipment or cooking under the influence of alcohol.
Whether you have been drinking or not, it’s never wise to leave food unattended on a stove or grill, and an audit can show you whether your kitchen equipment is faulty and presents a hazard to you.
Investing in Safety
Don’t underestimate the inexpensive price of some smoke detectors and alarms on the market today! An ionization smoke alarm is one of the cheapest fire safety products that you can buy, yet it can be indispensable when it comes to saving your life. There are a variety of fire safety products to choose from, and it’s wise to seek advice from a professional when it comes to deciding which smoke alarms and detectors are right for you.
Do You Need Expert Advice?
If you are running a business, seeking advice and assistance when testing fire safety equipment is key. Not only could your negligence end lives, you may also face tough punishments from authorities if you don’t maintain your smoke detector or alarm. Many businesses are legally obliged to review their fire risk assessments regularly and keep a written record of them. You may find hard wired smoke detectors to be most beneficial to your business.
Whether you are maintaining fire safety for a home or business, you should ensure that a fire safety plan is drawn up so that people know exactly which steps to take if fire or smoke is discovered. Emergency routes should be outlined and you should invest in reliable fire safety equipment, like fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. Training should be offered to staff regularly and plans for vulnerable people such as the elderly or disabled should be drawn up.
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