Over the last several months we've been inundated by news of major emergencies around our country and beyond. Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey have been the most prominent progeny of the Atlantic hurricane assembly line and they left total disaster in their wake. Regrettably, many large-scale emergency situations are not the results of natural events but are created by the actions of people. Over and over again, we see tragedies unfold in small towns and large cities alike with the continuing epidemic of active shooter incidents.
I love the variety of experiences I have every day as a firefighter. The constant stimulus suits my ADHD personality. On any given day, I could be involved ina house fire, a rope rescue, a wildfire, a terrorist attack (God forbid), or a major earthquake. We train for all of it—in fact, training is the one constant—and there’s instant gratification and constant motion all the time. Hurray dopamine!
Starting a business provides some of the same types of stimulus. It’s an adventure into
If you’ve been thinking of deploying incident management software in your department, here are six key questions you need to consider before making the leap:
1. Is it mobile?
Having the ability to track an incident from the very first seconds of dispatch from ALL of your devices is key to faster response times and higher situational awareness not just for the IC but for everyone in the department.
2. Does it automate my existing processes?
Some incidents are just worse than others.
When a high-speed train leaves the rails or a tornado rips the roof off the school gym, first responders face the confusion of a complicated incident scene. How many dead? Who is alive? Which of the living needs our help first?
Incidents like these require a different sort of response.
Sometimes a picture is worth much more than a thousand words. Especially when those words are taking up valuable radio bandwidth.
It continues to be VERY busy at work these days. I responded to 7 legitimate working fires for the month of May. And three of those have been two alarm fires. It’s been a really crazy run!
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Two things happened last week in my life as a Fire Captain that simply could not have happened a generation ago.
For sports fans, myself included, Spring is a wonderful time of year. Of course there’s March Madness and tons of college sports championships, and the NHL, and NBA playoff picture is shaping up.
I grew up as a child of the 70s. No, I was not wearing bell bottoms or syncing my dance moves to John Travolta (I did that when disco got cool again in the 90s). By the time I had been born in 1971, humans had stepped onto another celestial body a few times over. We had NASA fever in our household and Walter Cronkite narrated the saga; his voice hanging in the ether on hot summer nights. As a kid, I gazed at the stars and the moon with a keen sense of wonder. Madly leafing through NASA picture books, I dreamed of the future.