Firefighter / Paramedic Edwardsville Fire Department Shawnee, Kansas, United States
Firefighters and the fire service are reluctant to share events that went wrong or had a negative outcome for fear of being viewed by their peers or stakeholders as unprepared or poor performers. Incidents such as this are often hidden in the corners of the fire station or swept under the rug. They are treated as failures, lack of training or situational awareness; but rarely are they treated as a learning opportunity. No agency is immune from a potentially horrific and devastating incident. MILLI-SECONDS, are all that separates successful operations and tragedy. This event left our department asking questions and examining how the organization handles near misses and what we did to improve performance and procedures.
The attendee will participate in a comprehensive review of unique building construction that facilitated the dynamic fire behavior change that will highlight incorrect previous assumptions.
The attendee will recognize and discuss factors involved in the decision-making process of firefighting crews in recognition and decision making facilitating a deviation of established procedure.
The attendee will identify and utilize established practices and utilize information sharing to identify and prevent future near miss situations to better their organization and the fire service.
The attendee will relate previous experience and integrate the lessons learned from the incident into take-a-ways for their agency to utilize during reviews of incidents and situations.