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The Command Post Podcast: The value of unified command in Ferguson

Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie also remind firefighters to stay safe while participating in community events


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This week, hosts Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie discuss lessons learned from the Ferguson, Mo. shooting.

“The lesson I learned from it is just the absolute importance of unified command when you’re bringing in that many resources,” Chief Wylie said. “You have to get a hold of it and in front of it as fast as you can.”

They also talk about the story involving four Ky. firefighters getting shocked while helping college students participate in an ice bucket challenge.

“Even if you’re going to have some fun and raise some money, the minute that ladder comes out of the bed, you got to have your game face on and you have to be paying attention,” Chief Wylie said.

In their frontline tactical tips segment, our hosts interview Chris Lyon at Fire-Rescue International (FRI), with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), about their hands-on training program.

Lt. Duckworth and Chief Wylie also had the chance to talk to some of the International Assocation of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) officers about their new initiatives and incoming officers.

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

Fire, EMS responders share lessons from Ferguson

EMS chief: How first responders handled the Ferguson shooting

4 Ky. firefighters shocked during ice bucket challenge

Special News Report: Fire-Rescue International 2014 in Dallas

Fire Chief Keith Bryant sworn in as IAFC president, chairman

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.