Firefighting-360 Column

Performance-2-Brian Bastinell 2003-paintbrushFirefighting-360 is a continuing series that takes a broad look into the concept of human factors and performance and how they apply to our training and operations. Each column informs and encourages you to use a full circle of available sources, all 360 degrees, to prepare your firefighters and your leaders to be ready to operate safely and effectively at any intensity level, anywhere, anytime—and to return home alive.

What Is Intentional Command? Managing stress, staying mindful & other strategies for leadership. August 2013.

The Firemanship Approach. Using the “Measuring Up” questionnaire to assess firemanship development. June 2013.

Essential Ingredients of Firemanship. Judgment and control are part of the foundation of firemanship. April 2013.

Finding Firemanship in the Fire Service. Firemanship encompasses many essential traits for firefighters. February 2013.

Micromanagement Can Create Zombie Firefighters. Leadership must keep firefighters thinking instead of turning them into brain-dead followers. December 2012.

Where Leadership Starts. Can leadership be taught or learned in the fire service? October 2012.

Perception Equals Reality—Even in Training Drills. Make sure your training drills are realistic and effective. July 2012.

Historical Stories: Another Way to Learn Better Decision-Making. Lessons from history help us make decisions in the present and be ready for the future. May 2012.

Is Your Department Ready for a Rapid Intervention Event? Forming a rapid intervention committee allows fire departments to focus on awareness, readiness and response to mayday events. March 2012.

The Observe, Orient, Decide and Act Model of Decision Making: Using the OODA Loop can help improve your efficiency under stress. January 2012.

Decision Making on the Fire Ground: Understanding how decisions are made is the first step in improving their effectiveness. September 2011.

How & Why to Conduct an Incident Debriefing. July 2011. Done right, incident debriefings capture vital information for how we can improve our performance.

Solid Briefings Help Fire Teams Execute Plans, Manage Objectives. May 2011. Whether in the firehouse or on scene, briefings contribute to operational and tactical goal achievement.

Frictions: Uncertainties that complicate communication. Understanding why and how communication “frictions” occur can help you mitigate them. March 2011.

Get Better at Something in 2011: Resources to inspire you to safer and better fireground performance. January 2011.

One Thing Leads to Another: Communicating is complex and requires a loop of information exchange. December 2010.

Internal and External: Managing fireground risks involves controlling situational factors and human factors. October 2010.

Means to an End: Effective communication leads to action. August 2010.

Reliable Firefighters: Wisdom From Other High Risk Professions. June 2010.

Size Matters: Operations in large structures put situational awareness and task management to the test. April 2010.

You Can’t Do Everything at Once: Multitasking on the Fireground. February 2010.

3 Keys to Managing the Incident When Things Go Wrong. December 2009.

From Multitasking to Task Overload. September 2009.

Elevate Your Operation. 4 steps to a safer and more effective fireground operation. March 2009.

managing SA From training to working fires, fire officers must continuously build and maintain situational awareness. December 2008.

It Starts with SA Situational awareness affects every fireground decision you make. October 2008.

Human Tools The components of Crew Resource Management. July 2008.

Counter Culture Cultures, countermeasures and the Introduction of CRM. May 2008.

Where Error Lives March 2008.

To Err is Human Human factors determine the success of any operation. February 2008.

Get to Know CRM Managing multiple sources of input is the key to safer firefighting. January 2008.

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