Near-Miss Listen & Learn: The Role of Task Allocation within CRM


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This edition of Near-Miss Listen & Learn continues the series on Crew Resource Management (CRM) and details several reports that had outcomes relying on task allocation. Battalion Chief John Tippett discusses why the assignment of tasks should be based on the previous training and an environment that supports the the duties that are assigned.

In one report, a covering officer allows an unqualified firefighter to drive a brush fire vehicle, on an errand and the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip over. The second report details a water rescue incident where a firefighter, dressed in bunker gear, gets trapped inside a home by the rapidly rising waters.

Another report details the lack of size-up and communications skills that contribute to a firefighter who partially falls through a floor.

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