“Fire Suppression Doctrine Moving To Interim Directive”
The concept of ‘fire suppression doctrine’ is an enabler of “how” to think, both under variable conditions, and more importantly, under changing dynamics. However, a number of diverse perceptions coming from non-fire practitioners simply believe that fire suppression is stuck in a continuous cycle of operational commotion. Resultantly, these mis-interpretations continue to drive unrealistic, expectations regarding the intent of fire suppression. This is but one reason why fire suppression doctrine continues moving forward. Through the remainder of the calendar year, the Risk Management and Human Performance group is energizing its emphasis on implementing bolder approaches to fire management, while ensuring that people also understand the logic behind doctrinal thinking. Why is this so important?
“Doctrinal thinking empowers professional firefighters to think more effectively, adapt to fluid and dynamic situations, and to get things done more effectively with increased awareness for risk management, leadership, responsibility and accountability. Because we are moving closer to issuing an Interim Directive (ID) for Fire Suppression Doctrine, the Risk Management and Human Performance group will be preparing people for this upcoming change. With a January ’08 due date looming for distribution of the Interim Directive based on doctrinal principles, we thought it appropriate to share some of the material that will be forthcoming in the new 5700 zero code.”
Coming Soon: Changes to the 5700 zero code:
Operational Environment for Fire
On Risk & Leadership:
Risk Management - Fire Management considers that no structure or resource is worth the loss of a human life. Therefore, we acknowledge and accept the duty to manage risk and mitigate hazards in order to accomplish objectives and assignments safely.
Risk Management is a continuous process of evaluating the hazards and exposures to determine appropriate current or proposed actions. Effectively applied risk management tools frame decision space, minimize incremental decision-making, and identify contingencies. Understanding and applying risk management falls on the shoulders of everyone who participates in fire management activities.
Leadership - The purpose of leadership is to bring order to chaos and influence an outcome. Within Fire Management. Leadership requires commitment and sacrifice. It requires responsibility. Leaders motivate and direct people to accomplish objectives under often adverse and sometimes chaotic circumstances. Leaders are students of the art of leadership, which includes observation, self-evaluation, and continuous improvement. Leaders commit to making decisions for the good of the whole, and we support the line officers who lead us.
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Given that the Interim Directive is “just around the corner” – Stay tuned to “Doctrine Dialogue”- More information and materials are on their way, and all within a doctrine based “cycle of change.”
Questions or Comments?
Contact: Bill Waterbury, Risk Management Asst.
Director, NIFC – 208-387-5614 or Staff