Once again, a report has been released on a headline making event that resulted in the fire death of a civilian. Please take advantage of this report to be used as a template for yours/mine/our fire departments and how:
-911 Call takers Would Do?
-Fire Radio Dispatchers Would Do?
-First Alarm Response Would Be?
-Command Decision Making Would be?
-Size Up, Fire Attack/Rescue Actions Would Be?
AND WHAT POLICIES are in place NOW to assure proper training (based upon existing FD policies) and proper actions would/could be taken when responding and arriving.
In other words, this happened to “them”-however what systems, policies and procedures are in place for yours/mine/our FD’s to NOT have it HAPPEN TO US?
This newly-released report is shedding more light on what happened the night of a deadly Polk County fire, and what went wrong. A post incident analysis was conducted by responding Battalion Chief Jeremiah Gilley and reviewed by other chiefs within Polk County Fire Rescue.
As you will recall;, Nov. 23, 2018 , 76-year-old Lorretta Pickard died inside her burning home. Pickard was on the phone with 911 pleading for help for 20 minutes, but that help never came.
The 45-page report from December analyzed the actions of Captain James Williams, the person who was in charge of the scene. The analysis concludes that Captain William’s inexperience, and a scene of this magnitude, likely caused him to become overwhelmed.
“Tactical decisions made by the first in Company Officer (Captain 6) should have been different,” the report reads. “Inexperience did play a part in the initial response and command structure of this event. The captain and firefighter are both inexperienced, and are a fair representation of the experience of Polk County Fire Rescue overall due to our recent rapid growth,”according to the report.
In the report, there are several recommendations suggested to fix the public safety issue, including staffing engines with 4-person crews, increasing training for engine captains, and also better communication from dispatchers to firefighters.
HERE IS THE ENTIRE REPORT:
Lots for all of us to Learn*.
*RELATED: POLK COUNTY 9-1-1 AND RADIO TRAFFIC