For lasting change, a person’sÂ sense of identityÂ has to change. It makes changing a firefighterâ€™s opinion on fire suppression a very difficult thing.
From the time we begin this profession, weâ€™ve been told â€œreal firefighters fight the fire from the interior of the structure.â€
But the facts today are telling us that we may need to rethink not only this idea, but our entire strategic decision-making process.
The modification of our decision-making process is due to a wide variety of factors that may include staffing, response time, structural conditions and construction, size and location of the fire, and water supply (just to name a few).
Sizing-up starts long before dispatch. And after dispatch has gathered the facts of the situation, it takes a rapid-fire system to be able to process that information and allow firefighters to make the right decision based upon facts, not emotions.
Experienced incident commanders have developed a decision-making process that for the most part is extremely successful. If that decision-making process constantly and continuously monitors fire suppression activities, fire growth and modifies the actions being taken based upon a prediction of the outcome of those tactical operations.