Tactical Considerations for Volunteer Fire Depts
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Volunteer firefighters respond to a wide array of emergencies across the country every day including fires, emergency medical incidents, natural disasters, hazardous materials incidents, and other general public service calls. In order to meet these challenges, volunteer firefighters must adequately identify problems and develop an action plan to address the problems. Utilization of available resources and the initial actions performed will determine the outcome of the incident. It doesn’t matter how many resources are responding, the fireground is as demanding as it is unforgiving and it requires quick thinking, rapid decision making, and swift action. This presentation will give volunteer firefighters fifteen basic tactical considerations for preparing, training, and prioritizing the fireground based on staffing and equipment when the department utilizes volunteer firefighters.
Richard Ray, a 30-year veteran of the fire service, has both volunteer and career experience. He is a member of the Creedmoor Vol. Fire Dept. (NC) where he is a captain. He is also a career firefighter with the Durham Fire Dept. (NC) where he is a battalion chief. He instructs on a national level and has written for Fire Engineering Magazine. He is a member of the UL FSRI Residential Home Size-Up and Search & Rescue Operations Technical Panel.