Hazardous Materials and Suspicious Packages Part II
The Difficult Leader
One of the more complex decisions for an Incident Commander of a structure fire is when to ventilate. There are numerous considerations that effect this decision. The structures construction, the material in construction, water supply, resources and the extent of fire are just some of the factors that impact this decision.
Yesterday we conducted the 2nd in a three-part series of workshops for the purpose of identifying the integration of EMS into hazardous materials/decontamination operations. several things have become clear to me through this process.
These are some of my lessons for leaders. I have learned most of these things
the hard way. Like you I have taken leadership classes, college courses and read
books. Still most of what I know about leadership I learned from my so called
subordinates. One of the most important components of good leadership that no one
ever taught me anything about is followership. That is how to be a good follower.
We were first due last night to a 2-alarm house fire. For the uninitiated WE is my company Tower 45. Tower 45 is a 100’ Sutphen aerial. We are a 4 man truck company in a department of 300 sworn personnel and 17 stations. So at 2020 last night we get sent to a confirmed structure fire. A confirmed fire means that dispatch (in our case Metcom) has received enough reliable information to classify the fire as confirmed as opposed to unconfirmed. We run a good number of unconfirmed calls.
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