13 Overhead Situations that shout "Watch Out!"
Sent to me by a friend on another mailing list. It was part of a note
discussing line of duty deaths on wildland fires.
1. Elected officials are involved in operational decision making.
2. Local line officers tour the incident without command staff
tactics or objectives that are not consistent with
3. You are expected to be at shift briefings but are not able
to get a
copy of the shift plan.
4. After the shift briefing there is an Operations briefing held
the incident base that routinely makes significant
assignments and objectives.
5. Division Supervisor does not make a personal tour of the entire
division during an operational shift and does not
have other apparent
means of collecting intelligence.
6. Significant part of Operations overhead is two time zones
away from home.
7. Your assignment includes obvious fireline "Watch Out!" situations
are not addressed during briefing.
8. Your questions about how Standard Fire Orders can be observed
assignment are answered in terms of important tactical
timelines instead of firefighter safety.
9. LCES for your resources are being arranged by someone not
control, and they are not ready for use at the start
of your shift.
10. You report to someone whose agency you've never heard of.
11. You report to someone who doesn't have a shift plan.
12. fill in two of your own