Week 5: Station 4, Flash Point 2 – Leave Room for the Unexpected

Station 2 – Risk Management

Risk management is a major component of fire fighting, both on and off the fire ground, and proper risk management practice and/or training can help prepare you for the unexpected. The development of a fire can be a hard thing to predict, so being ready for anything is definitely required for fire fighters.

There are several steps or levels of risk management:

  1. Some risk management occurs “before the action.” This type of risk management involves making decisions about staffing levels, equipment, training, etc.
  2. Risk management also occurs during the planning and attack phases of fire fighting, as crews are coordinated and deployed to various positions to fight the fire.
  3. The last level of risk management occurs at the team level, as individual fire fighters gather and share information, and make decisions that closely impact themselves and their unit.

It is the third type of risk management that Station 4 aims to address. Take a look at this week’s case study for an example of risk management in action.

Case Study References for this week’s Flash Point on Risk Management:


If you do Just One Thing

Make decisions based on the order of the three priorities: human safety, incident stabilization, and then property conservation.

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