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When every second counts

There are countless debates in the fire service that come down to simple go/no-go decision-making: go to the roof or not, search the fire building or not, take action at an active shooter event or not, to name a few. Vacant structures, hazmat incidents or technical rescues are examples of common calls that force incident commanders to make quick decisions about the level of involvement for their firefighters. After all, in some cases, the firefighters will not be the expert on scene; they will need to stand down to allow technicians or other first responders to manage the situation. But what if firefighters are the first-due and first on scene. Go or no-go decisions become a very real situation with very real consequences. This series helps company and chief officers manage these moments and make smart decisions that balance firefighter safety and service to the community.

ICs must base their decisions on experience, lessons learned and the intel coming in from crewmembers
UL’s FSRI studies underscore the need for smart size-ups, quick thinking and aggressive action
Before committing to a decision on scene, consider your justification for the choice and the feasibility of success, then identify possible solutions and alternatives
The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) training chief talks go/no-go decision-making, plus creating a culture that prioritizes action
Go/no-go decisions are often the toughest for ICs managing expanding incident types
If you have a problem with the tactics in another organization, get over it, get over yourself and move on
Evaluating the operational period and logistics, plus the “tactical trifecta,” to gauge response level
The victim drives the rescue. Your crews’ capabilities dictate the operation.
Informed decision-making must occur before, during and after the incident
Whether to send crews into the warm zone is one of the most difficult for ICs
Gain insight into how go/no-go situations are resolved by ICs and how you can level-up your own decision-making skills
Chief Goldfeder offers guidance related to command centers, scenario-based training and gut feelings
At the scene, it starts with patient tracking – and Texas has a new approach
Have we gotten so consumed by firefighter-centric safety culture that we lost focus on the civilians under our watch?