COVID-19 has required many adjustments for the Fire Department to include not interacting with the public for community risk reduction activities.
Company officers’ responsibilities can vary depending on the organization. However, it is definitely necessary for company officers to have a well-rounded education and proper training.
For society, 2020 has been a very different year, due to the coronavirus. In March, much of the economy shut down, which restricted people being able to go into businesses.
While strategic planning may be a little messy and probably not performed in the same way as a strategic planning textbook recommends, you are simultaneously training the command staff as you build the plan.
Many emergency service organizations have no formalized plan for where their organization plans to be in five years. My belief is that the idea of strategic planning scares most organizations.
We always deploy resources to respond to disasters like Hurricane Laura. But deploying resources needs buy-in from many agencies to work effectively.
Some people state that we have a successful fire response if no firefighters are hurt and even use this benchmark as their track record. Others become irate, stating that the fact no firefighters are hurt in an incident is a given, not a measure of success.
Public safety organizations need to work with their dispatch centers to identify the proper information that needs to be relayed upon dispatch.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused many changes to emergency management and services, but it has also revealed new opportunities.