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The Command Post
by The Command Post

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

By FireRescue1 Staff

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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

About the author

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.

The Command Post is available for download on iTunes, SoundCloud and via RSS feed.

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Morgan Frost Morgan Frost Sunday, August 03, 2014 9:13:22 AM "Fire departments are charging THEIR residents."
Gerald Wyhopen Jr Gerald Wyhopen Jr Tuesday, August 05, 2014 11:47:47 PM No the fire service needs to have a stronger culture in being a smarter fireman. Now a days they teach more on getting yourself out of trouble then teaching how not to get into trouble. They need to focus on the aspects of being a smart fireman, not safe. Focusing on just being safe is dangerous and counter productive. And thats one of the reasons for the lack of productive aggressive firefighting. A smart fireman is a safe fireman.

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