Riding the Right-Front Seat: Can I Stop This Fire?

Here’s a question for you, the initial incident commander: “What resources do I have to attack and extinguish this fire?” After you answer that question, here’s another one: “Can they get the job done safely or are more resources needed...


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Your job as the person riding the right-front seat is to maximize the effectiveness of your team. Know what you can do and what you can’t do. “Know it before you need it” is a good motto. Be serious. Train hard. Be smart. People’s lives are in your hands.

 

Harry Carter, Ph.D., will present “Becoming a Better Fire Chief” and “Team Building: Why Can’t We Work Together?” at Firehouse Expo 2012, July 17-21 in Baltimore, MD.

 

HARRY R. CARTER, Ph.D., a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ. He is chairman of the Board of Commissioners in Howell Township Fire District 2 and retired from the Newark Fire Department as a battalion commander. Dr. Carter has been a member of the Adelphia Fire Company since 1971, serving as chief in 1991. He is a life member and past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and life member of the National Fire Protection Association. He is vice president of the Institution of Fire Engineers-USAmerica. Dr. Carter holds a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.