Wreckage from a train collision continued to smolder Wednesday in the Texas Panhandle as workers prepared to remove the charred, twisted box cars from the tracks and renew their search for three missing crew members.
When exposed to stress, the ability of the human mind to successfully process input is reduced. There is no way to avoid it; it is automatic, and this fact has been scientifically proven time and time again by the military and the fire service. Stress reaction and the undermining of our prompt recognition of changing conditions and rapid response to that change are our enemy on the fireground.
The last thing you want to do is stretch a hoseline to the wrong location and waste time repositioning the line. Water on the fire in the quickest time possible is the most important task an engine company can perform. If you stretch into an entrance in an occupancy that doesn’t lead to the fire, you’ve wasted precious time. When it’s not obvious, always have the company officer investigate.
Fireground ICs must recognize and appropriately respond to a highly dynamic environment, using their experience to coordinate and assign an array of tasks. It is therefore important to develop experiential learning environments—something simulation programs can do. This type of learning happens during real-life experiences—but also when the team is placed in a simulated environment that’s realistic enough for the brain to temporarily suspend disbelief. See More Galleries
You are the first-arriving engine officer with a crew of four. Let’s here your size up and initial actions as well as directions for incoming units, especially the first couple of lines off the rig. Read More from Fire EMS Blogs