This program is designed to look at the leadership traits of the successful and not so successful fire service leader. What works and what doesn’t. What it means to define core values. How to build relationships and confidence in your firefighters. It also looks at what we’re all about, why private corporations are struggling and how to march forward and fight for better and safer fire service.
Whether you are a firefighter, the newest engine lieutenant or the most senior battalion chief in your department, your leadership skills and abilities are vital to the operations of your department or company. Firehouse conflicts, operational difficulties, and the daily routine can be handled professionally or you can fly by the seat of your pants. Join Chiefs John Salka and Rick Lasky as they talk about the problems and solutions they have faced in their over seventy combined years with the fire service and how they handled them. No officer is exempt from bumps in the road and the best way to handle trouble is to train!
This IS where the rubber meets the road.
For those in the private sector the practice of “sweating the small stuff” may come as a nuisance and seem unnecessary, but for those of us in the fire service, it’s often the “small stuff” that leads to a firefighter’s injury or worse yet death. In this program, Chief Lasky and Chief Salka examine the areas our fire service needs to once again place emphasis if firefighter safety is to remain paramount.
This program is a discussion about 3 categories or situations that firefighters can find themselves in that could result in a Mayday operation. Not every Mayday is the same and as a result not every RIT operation will be the same. Rapid Intervention Teams need to prepare for various urgent and dangerous situations of increasing difficulty.
A single firefighter that is lost in a house fire may be handled adequately by a 4-person RIT with little other assistance. A 3-person engine company crew that experiences a loss of water or sudden flashover will require a larger and more robust RIT operation along with additional logistical support. The collapse of a burning building that traps 6 firefighters in a 2-story burning pile of debris will require an even more complex response.
Join Chiefs Lasky and Salka as they discuss this new perspective on Mayday and RIT operations and learn how you can prepare your firefighters to handle ANY mayday situation with confidence.