Today’s Safety First Culture vs. High Performance: What Is Too Safe?

The ability to provide progressive, aggressive, and responsive firefighting and rescue services is desired but is often complicated by the “safety first culture” that has overtaken the fire service over the past decade.

The need to find the happy medium between safety
and performance

The Fire Academy

Reduction of firefighter injury and death continues to be an initiative of the fire service. The ability to provide progressive, aggressive, and responsive firefighting and rescue services is desired but is often complicated by the “safety first culture” that has overtaken the fire service over the past decade. As the fire service moves to a safety first culture–i.e., no breathing apparatus in the cab of fire trucks, clean cabs, carcinogen reduction measures, and transitional fire attack models (SLICERS/DICERS)–the ability of competent fire officers and firefighters to make aggressive and progressive critical decisions that place firefighters into difficult environments while citizens’ lives are on the line is curtailed. Furthermore, at times, this new culture is preventing firefighters from engaging in, and learning how to engage in, critical incidents; thus, firefighters are more prone to injuries and death when engaging in these critical incidents. This class will dissect the “safety first culture” and demonstrate the need to find the happy medium between safety and performance.

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Presented by Michael Barakey

Michael Barakey is an Instructor/Presenter for The Fire Academy, the all NEW year-round interactive digital platform with the collaborative backing of FDIC International, Fire Engineering, and JEMS. The Fire Academy brings you training from industry leaders in order for you to continue supporting your efforts in the communities you serve. Courses cover key themes around topics including: Safety, Leadership/Management, Company Officer, and many more. You won’t want to miss out on this training — all at your fingertips.

The Fire Academy is an all NEW year-round interactive digital platform that brings you training from industry leaders in order for you to continue supporting your efforts in the communities you serve. The content will discuss key themes around topics including: Safety, Leadership/Management, Company Officer, and many more. With a collaborative backing of FDIC International and Fire Engineering, you won’t want to miss out on this training — all at your fingertips. LEARN MORE

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