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The Command Post Podcast: How does your department deal with low morale?

Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie also talk about fire hydrant operations in their frontline tactical tips segment


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This week, hosts Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie discuss an app called PulsePoint, a life-saving app that allows first responders and the public to work together to see where AED’s are in the community.

“To use that technology of a GPS locator and notification lets you know there’s a person near you that’s in cardiac arrest,” Chief Wylie said. “And then it tells you where there’s tools, like an AED, nearby. Those two things coupled together are a great response technique that will save lives.”

They also talk about fire hydrant operations in their frontline tactical tips segment. They advise departments to first check the hydrant, flow and make sure nothing is obstructing it before the hose line or the truck is committed to the hydrant.

Their leadership lessons segment explains how to manage fire department morale.

“Bad morale can lead to distraction, reduce situational awareness and have an impact on fireground and rescue operations,” Lt. Duckworth said.

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

Life-saving app extends reach into community

Retired firefighter invents revolutionary fire hydrant

How firefighter morale impacts performance

Boosting morale top of list for new chief in Ohio

Better fire department morale begins with a mirror

Interim D.C. fire chief to end hiring freeze

New Boston commissioner ready to tackle challenges

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.