I don’t normally do the Daily Post blog challenges on here, but thought I’d god ahead and give today’s “Free Write” a go. The idea is to write 10 minutes… No Stops, No Pauses, No Edits. The first two could be a challenge, but here goes….
I have been watching episodes of Air Crash Investigation (which I wrote briefly about over at Jottings and Writings). The show, I am finding, has a few Situational Awareness related messages.
There was one episode (don’t ask me to recall which one) where pilots lost situational awareness as to their location and yet still continued their descent for landing… There is (as I learned watching the show) a saying in Aviation – “Don’t let your plane go someplace your mind hasn’t been 5 minutes earlier”. In fact there were a couple shows where this loss of Situational Awareness as to location was a problem. How does this relate to the subject(s) of my blog here? It is important in firefighting (when entering a burning building) that Situational Awareness is maintained in some way… The answer to the flying incident (at risk of Monday Morning Quarterbacking) is that the pilots should have gotten back to the safe elevation for the area until they had found their way (and retained Situational Awareness). When you have completely lost your way, it’s time to back out before problems mount…
Speaking of “backing out” there is another saying in aviation (also heard while watching ACI)… If you feel you have learned everything there is to know, it is time to get out, cause that’s when it will bite you” (I paraphrased a bit there). The same saying is true when it comes to firefighting… When you think you know everything there is to know about firefighting that’s when it will turn around and bite you in the ass.
So here we are with less than a minute to go…
Two things that are critical to remember in Fire Fighting and Fire Service: Situational Awareness and Continued Learning.