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Bringing Science to the Fire Service Part 3  

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Fire Dynamics for Structural Firefighting Presented by Daniel Madrzykowski in Cobb County GA

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This is part 1 of a series with Dan Madryzkowski and Steve Kerber from Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL_FSRI). This presentation was recorded in December 2016 in Cobb County, Ga. Bringing Science to the Streets-Fire Dynamics for Structural Firefighters Part 1 from Cobb Fire Training Division on Vimeo.  

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The fire service is a profession built on tradition, hesitant to change. Many of the things we do today are because “that’s the way we always did them.” From strategies and tactics to washing the wheels of the apparatus when backing into the station, we are rooted in the past. Although tradition and history are important, to improve our safety and services, we need to be willing to change within our organization. In any organization, consistency can be the cause of stagnation but the goal of success. To take a deeper look, consistency depends on what area of the organization...

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A firefighter joining the fire service enters the profession with minimal understanding of the day-to-day reality of being a firefighter.  Firefighters often learn their craft through observation and practice, eventually imitating those in charge.  Shift after shift and call after call, their knowledge and experience grow exponentially until they eventually are promoted and placed in a position of leadership and mentoring.  Promotions in the fire service lead to more responsibility, but the essentials of being a successful leader develop and emerge years before a promotion. How does a firefighter prepare for the responsibility of leadership? The foundation for becoming a...

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