FDIC 2017: How to Avoid Being Lost in the Fog of the Fireground


FDIC 2017: Size-Up and Command for the Small Department: How to Avoid Being Lost in the Fog of the Fireground
Room: 132-133
Tuesday, April 25, 2017: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

My mistakes of getting “sidetracked” on arrival could’ve led to a serious problem on one of my fireground commands. Don’t let yourself be sidetracked at your next serious event. While not a military veteran, I have tons of respect for and consider myself an avid reader and student of military leadership and command. A book from a former Marine who fought in World War II describes the term “lost in the fog of war.” According to this author, this expression describes both the literal fog created by the dust, smoke, and debris of the battlefield and, more importantly, the mental fog of confusion and uncertainty created by lack of knowledge of the enemy. I share this experience as an example for others with the intent of helping current and future officers not make my mistake of getting “lost.” Attendees will review the critical points of size-up and past events where the 'fog" was thick and leave with a better understanding and a better "vision" to that will enable them to see through the fog of the fireground, creating a more effective and safer environment for those under their command. CLASS HANDOUT

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