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    Question Critiquing Calls

    I would like to know how other departments handle the critique of their Fire and EMS calls. Any information would help me on a project that I am working on.
    Thank you.

    Allan Dalrymple
    Training Officer Gwinnett Fire & Rescue, Georgia

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    Captain Gonzo
    Firehouse.com Guest


    After an incident, we tend to talk about what happened on an "informal" basis. We discuss what went right, what went wrong and what could we have done to make the outcome a little different. For major and unusual incidents, we may have a "formal" post incident analysis. For these, we will apply for OEMS credits.

    Each critique is a chance to learn.

    And on the eighth day...God created Firefighters!
    Captain Gonzo

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    We have a short debriefing after every run, mainly for the benefit of those that didn't make the truck(s)and to quickly discuss what we did right and what we need to improve on.

    For major incidents, we have a more formal review at the next drill night (we have drill every Wed.). A tape recording of radio traffic is used to go step by step through the incident.

    M. Collins
    Washington Twp. Fire & Rescue
    Toledo, OH

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    Aerial 131
    Firehouse.com Guest


    If you are looking for a form to create look to the NFPA, there is one already done for you and it works quite well. Not having to reinvent the wheel will speed up the wheel. We tend to do a walk through following the incident if someone has a question or someone feels thinks could have gone better.

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    We do ours every month at our meeting. Sometimes that is good and sometimes bad. The good is that it gives you time to think about the call. The bad is like alot of us we tend to forget. Take care brothers and sisters.

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    Our Department has a set of forms that the IC completes after a major incident that has worked quite well for us.
    If you are interested, e-mail me your Department's address and I will be happy to send them to you.

    Stay safe Brother,

    Glen S. Wilcox
    Fire Prevention Officer
    C.O.M.M. Fire Department


    Is Leonard Barnes still on the job? We took the Plans Review course together at the National Fire Academy in 1990. Say hi if he is.

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    We do critiques on major incidents either the same day, or the next shift (if the incident was at night, or other incidents or training took precedence for instance). We try to get all the company's that were on scene, though this gets difficult for really large incidents. Generally we WILL have all the initial alarm company's there as they were there as the incident evolved. For a REALLY large incident, such as the five alarmer we had a couple summers ago, we did a live TV critique where companies were asked to call in and report observations, actions, problems, etc. We have that luxury as we have a private cable channel for our training.

    Our responce chiefs and Rescue truck (more of an air and light show than a real rescue) have video cameras mounted on their dashes, so we often have video of the exterior to help with discussions. We also often use a tape of radio traffic from dispatch.

    In addition, we have a "lessons learned" form to get out any important points to the entire department. Be wary that this does not turn into a sleazy way to punish people who do something minorly wrong.

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