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The fire command experiential

Firefighter training emphasizing experiential learning, combined with inquiry and observation can improve fireground decision making


Today’s fire suppression strategic decision making and tactical implementation process is significantly different than yesterday’s. 

Today’s incident commander must not only watch the flames and notice the differences in color, but watch the smoke for color, density and velocity. The IC must determine the type of construction involved, and the possible contents that are on fire and how the fire will behave.

Observation skills are critical to the incident commander. The information they observe is a critical component to the overall implementation process. Those observation skills are not acquired overnight.

Do you know what you should be seeing if you are the one standing in front of the burning structure? Looking at something and seeing it for what it is and what it is saying are different processes.

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