Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Firefighterclosecalls.com opines on Feb. 5 fatal fire response
A well-established and respected website called Firefighterclosecalls.com has opined on the fatal Feb. 5 fire and the steps Spotsylvania County is taking to improve its combined fire and rescue system.
The writer says more lives are at risk if change is not enacted quickly.
You know, and I know that this problem is hardly just a Spotsylvania problem. WHEN COMMAND DOES NOT COMMAND, OR WHEN OFFICERS AND THEIR COMPANIES FAIL TO TRAIN AND FOLLOW SOP’S WITH COMMANDS ORDERS, WE AND THE PUBLIC GREATLY INCREASE OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DIE. Not EVERYONE Goes Home.
That’s a scary scenario–that such problems exist in departments around the country. Maybe Spotsylvania County is going to set the stage for a new form of accountability for combined systems and create a system that is envied and copied by other systems.
The writer isn’t sugar-coating his remarks. He has harsh words for the firefighters at the scene of the Feb. 5 fire who did not follow orders and were freelancing.
Brotherhood? I got your Brother & Sisterhood right here. DO as ordered and trained if you want Brotherhood. Sure-”everyone” wants to “get in there” and do whatever they want. But that was then-this is now. Besides, it’s not about what you or we want-it’s all about what COMMAND wants and what the citizens need based upon conditions. Including greatly risking our lives when conditions warrant. Part of the job.
The writer’s own solution to the problems facing the county fire and rescue department? Blue Card.
To most of you, the solution should be obvious. SOP’s, Training, Response with Pre-Needed Resources, On-Scene Disciplined Operations, Training, Enforcement of Disciplined Operations, Training and more Training. And while HANDS ON training is critical, we (our area FD’s) recently took a course that I specifically want to share with you.
Without question, I had to do a little re-learning and open my mind up a bit when taking this course, but I will be honest with you-if this training is conducted by and for your FD, and all those who respond to your fires take this training with you-and follow it, virtually NONE of the above issues will occur. I am talking about what is becoming known as BLUE CARD FIRE COMMAND TRAINING program.
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