I started doing these Coffee Shares a little while back but was having trouble knowing what to write. Quite honestly, I don’t get many opportunities to go to local events (partly it would help if I knew more about when and where they were, AND if I had a more reliable vehicle and gas money to go); And I certainly don’t get the chance to go to any of the conferences that take place throughout the United Sates (again, money and vehicle).
I think I’ve decided on something… Rather than doing the usual “Coffee Share” idea where I tell you what all has been going on (which as you can see above doesn’t leave me much to blog on), I’m going to pick a topic of safety (mainly geared towards those in Public Safety (Fire, EMS, Police). Share it at the “Kitchen Table” with your crew, discuss it…. I’d love to hear your thoughts and that of your crew.
So, on to the topic for this week:
Sharing the Responsibilities as an Emergency Incident Command Supervisor
Paraphrasing from Richard Gasaway’s book “Situational Awareness for Emergency Response” –
In Aviation, a commercial pilot does not fly the plane alone but with the help of at least a co-pilot and perhaps others (and that doesn’t include support outside the airplane, like Air Traffic Control). Why?? Because the responsibilities and stresses of the job are too difficult for one person to handle alone. The same is true when it comes to the Incident Command Supervisor. There are just too many things going on for one person to take in and keep track of – I don’t care how good you think you are.
Just as a side note, when you get an ego trip going and think you’re “that good” and can do it alone – Let me remind you that in doing so, you put the lives of your crew as well as civilians in danger.
As Incident Command Supervisor, you should utilize all available resources when it comes to taking in and keeping track of the big picture. Don’t get fixated in one area but rather (maybe) delegate to another who can then “report” back to you while you keep track of that “big picture”.
Let me know what your crew comes up with as you discuss this.
Remember all Safety First
Stay Alert, Stay Safe, and Stay Alive