We all need a tap on the shoulder from time to time. A “reminder” to quickly get us back in line. A “nudge” letting us know that what we are doing may not be the best thing to be done. One memorable tap on my shoulder came as a yardstick over my head at Lakeville School in 5th grade when I was paying attention to the Co. 4 fire horn blowing – and not paying attention to Mr. Matthews. Other times it’s been a friend reminding me to do this-not that. Sometimes it’s a cop giving me a written reminder to not do that again.
It’s “behavior modification” for when our training and policy is forgotten, ignored (or never provided) …that a fire officer, a boss or peer reminds us to STOP doing that.
DON’T do that.
Stop doing that NOW.
WTF are you doing?!
One of the reasons we are successful in the fire service is because we work as a team with everyone focused on their task-but not SO focused that we also don’t keep sizing up the bigger picture-and we look out for one another while taking care of the public.
These 2 short videos are examples of a FIRE OFFICER seeing very CLEARLY that what some of the members are doing is not good.
You’ll then see the Captain very loud & clearly inform the Chief to have them stop doing that.
For a variety of reasons, some members of various ranks at any FD can be overwhelmed at certain incidents to the point where it obscures the overall situation. Kind of a forest for the trees thing. Policy, procedures, training, more training, good supervision and related stuff can help keep situations from becoming overwhelming-at any fire department-yours, mine, ours.
Take a look at these two quick videos and apply the conditions to your own department.
-What is your size-up procedure?
-What would your 1st alarm resources be for this fire?
-What does your departments arrival & size up report sound like?
-What would be your incident plan for this fire?
-What are your roof procedures?
-How and when (and why) do members go to the roof?
…Stuff like that.
==VIDEO 1: Companies Operating (size it up on your own).
==VIDEO 2: At the same fire, a Fire Officer Provides a verbal “Tap On The Shoulder” (to the Chief on the “alpha” side at around 1 min 15 seconds) To STOP Firefighters from doing what they are doing.