The Command Post Podcast: Does the fire service need a stronger safety culture?

Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie also talk about why fire departments are charging its residents for every day response calls

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This week, hosts Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie discuss why fire departments are charging its residents for rescue, hazmat and every day response calls.

"I know that fire department budgets are getting tough and tight," Lt. Duckworth said. "People are looking for new ideas, but you have to remember that a lot of these ideas are double-edged swords and they may be cutting you deeper than you want."

They also talk about ladder operations in their frontline tactical tips segment. 

"Ladder operations sometimes become an afterthought," Chief Wylie said. "It has to be part of your protocols ... the minute you see a hose going into a house with more than one floor, a ladder has to go up and it has to be that instinctual. You have to do it every single time."

Their leadership lessons segment explains how fire service leaders can develop a culture of safety.

Here are links to some of the articles and other items mentioned on the show:

Mich. town proposes cutting firefighters, charging for calls

Okla. fire department charging insurance for non-fire calls

Fire department to charge $100 for medical calls not requiring transport

Calif. city could begin charging for responses

Ground ladder tips for the real world

Throwing ladders: Why, when and where

Firefighter ladders: Finding the balance point

FDNY Commissioner talks safety culture

3 keys to changing fire service culture

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The Command Post, a podcast series that features Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie, brings expert perspective to hot topics, frontline tactics and leadership lessons that firefighters and officers need to be safe and successful.

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