Tag Archive: Fire
The ‘M’ in EMS Stands for Medical: Tackling Fire/EMS Challenges
By Jay Fitch, PhD As I pulled on my bunker pants, I started whining about taking a middle-of-the-night, low-priority ambulance call. It was early in my career, and an older firefighter leaned over and said, “Son, remember that the M on your EMS patch stands for medical, so quit whining and just get on with…
Taking the Load Off
By Steven Knight, PhD Many fire departments that have traditionally used 24-hour shifts to staff response units have begun looking to alternative staffing models, recognizing that call volume does not remain constant throughout the day. Long shifts can be especially grueling for providers on ambulances because of an increasing demand for medical services in many…
5 significant risks to your development as a fire service leader
Don’t let your professional network, or yourself derail your career path: Examine these five perspectives to map out your path to being a great leader
The value of CE and an advanced degree for fire leaders
Higher education can help firefighters tackle the five biggest challenges facing emergency services today
CHIEF CONCERNS: How to Talk to Local Officials About Standards of Cover
The Standard of Cover planning process requires communication and collaboration between fire department officials, local leaders and the community.
The Value of CE and an Advanced Degree for EMS Leaders
Higher education can help EMS providers tackle the five biggest challenges facing emergency services today By Steven Knight, Ph.D. As leaders, we both desire and have an obligation to leave our organizations and people better off than when we started in our roles. But clearly not all leaders succeed at achieving this goal, despite best…
Chief Concerns: Three Things A Fire Chief Should Know About Evidence-Based Fire Suppression
Evidence-based practice in emergency services is typically associated with medical care; but the term refers to the application of research methodology to guide operational practice and departmental priorities—something that should apply to fire suppression and rescue operations as well. Historically, however, fire service protocols and procedures have developed through trial and error, best practices and tradition.
Chief Concerns: Fire Service Fatigue- A Problem You Can’t Afford to Ignore
In the hours after a train derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, news reports were already stating that the engineer’s recent work schedule would be examined. This wasn’t surprising, given that just weeks earlier, the National Transportation Safety Board stated that operator fatigue was partially to blame for another train crash that occurred in Chicago last year. Anyone who’s worked in the fire service knows that fatigue can impact one’s work performance. In the aftermath of major incidents, we don’t always focus on fatigue as a factor—and it’s often extremely difficult to know just what role it plays when it comes to vehicle crashes, fireground injuries, or medical errors. One thing is clear, however: employee fatigue impacts every fire department, no matter how big or small, or what type of shift schedule. It’s an issue that no fire chief should ignore.
Chief Concerns: How is your Communications Center Performing?
What the question really means: Evaluating your communications center’s performance is about more than whether the center is private or public, staffed with sworn or civilian personnel, or a single-agency or multi-agency dispatch center. The cornerstone of assessing your communications center is the use of evidence-based standards rooted in industry best practices—and analyzing the impact they have on your department’s operations.