I Was just reading an article by Firefighter Toolbox about Tactical Patience and it got me to thinking about a saying we have in my household (or more specifically, my husband has)… The hurrier I go, The behinder I get.
What does this have to do with Fire and EMS??? Simple… If you get in a big hurry to get in there to the fire or to the patient without slowing down and taking a moment to see the big picture, and see exactly what is going on, you could inadvertently make matters worse for you, your crew, and your patients (if any).
Don’t get in so big a hurry that you miss the forest for the trees. Slow down a moment and really look at what’s going on and what you’ve got. Make sure you observe any obstacles
Something we teach our son about emergency preparedness: STOP (Stop, Think, Observe, Plan) – Even if you just take a couple seconds. As we tell our son, if you don’t even have a couple seconds to do that, then our head between your legs and kiss your ass good-bye. At that point there’s nothing you can do. I know that’s a hard pill to swallow when your goal is to get in there and put out fires/save lives, but – I repeat – rushing in may just make matters worse.
I think the same thing applies to getting to the scene as well. I understand the desire to get to the scene as quickly as possible but, again, when you start hurrying and rushing that’s when things can go wrong and accidents can happen (making your response time that much longer). Just think about that extra time accrued when another unit has to be dispatched because yours was involved in an accident (how embarrassing would it be if that was due to your own rushing and could have been avoiding.
Remember Slow Down and
STOP (Stop, Think, Observe, Plan)