Scene Control Questions
I work for a combo department...mostly volunteers. The department has a lot of good men and women available, but most are rookies including myself. One of my biggest concerns about the department is scene control and scene safety. If anyone is willing to make suggestions of possible training exercises and general tips I can share with my department I would be grateful.
In our part of NY we use fire police. These are older members of the dept. and most are level headed. In NY during an incident they have the same powers as police, disregarding a fire policeman can land you in jail or with a ticket. They get certified through the county fire academy and are issued fire police i.d. by the county sherriff.
can you be more specific in the application you are looking for?
is this for car accidents, structure fires with freelancing or investigation and crowd control? acountability programs? 2 in 2 out? what is it that you need to have, please specify.
Scene Control Follow up
Because of our departments size and people who respond we sometimes get into situations in which I see many people freelancing at times, I feel it's because of loose organization and a lack of proper leadership. The department has had two large structure fires multiple smaller fires and several MVA, I haven't seen anything life threatening..... yet and that's why I'm inquiring before someone gets hurt or killed.
You may want to think of having a Safety Officer at each incident. Also think about doing a post mortem or after fire critique of what went right and what went wrong at each scene. That way people can learn from each incident.
Originally Posted by whamilton
I say this as one who (along with a group of other firemen) is committed to my company and my department to ensure it becomes a great place to live, laugh, and work hard every third day.
Sounds like you guys need to have a serious reveiw of ICS and sit down and have a heart to heart. Let everyone know that feelancing wont be accepted. And as mentioned above, get yourselves a safety officer, while at the same time instilling the attitude that EVERYONE on scene is a safety officer.
Being as you are a rookie, I would take my concerns to my most direct supervisor and voice your concerns. If they are true leaders the problem will be dealth with.