If we aren’t critical about ourselves, no one will be until there’s a loss of civilian lives, a catastrophic fire, or even a line-of-duty death.
We are only human, and we tend to go with better odds. Create your better odds every day.
What is going to be expected of your members when the time comes to perform?
What if we find that our bunker gear not only has PFAS chemicals in it but they can affect us and we have been doing nothing about it?
Have you ever emerged from a structural fire wondering how hot you are?
You are the place your community thinks of when looking for information on their car seats. They would much rather come to your firehouse than any other choice available.
The aspiring officer has to be willing to step up, and the department has to serve as the guardian or mentor.
It takes training, discipline, and attention to detail, but when all this is accomplished, you are set up for success in one of the best spots on the fireground.
The job can certainly be overwhelming, but providing the most accurate, timely, and reliable information possible is the backbone of most good fireground decisions, and a thermal imager (TI) can help with that.
As a firefighter, it will be a constant struggle to work at your skills in reading flashovers.