This week we talk about standard operating procedures (SOPs) or standard operating guides if you prefer. What they are, why you need them, how to write them and review them and use them for a training document are all discussed.
The book that was referenced:
Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines, John Lee Cook, published by Fire Engineering books.
This week we have an interview with Fire Chief William Halstead of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department in Newtown Connecticut. Chief Halstead was involved on December 14, 2012, when 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in a horrific crime at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.
The fire department had a supporting role in this primarily police operation.
This episode is in memory of those lives lost and the families directly affected. We are only discussing the fire department operation because that is the nature of the Firefighter Training Podcast.
Our thoughts are with the families who suffered loss of life to family, friends and loved ones, and also we respect and honor the police officers in Newtown as well as the Connecticut State police and many of the other agencies that responded.
At the end of the episode there is a website given by the chief where any listener who would like to assist in some small way might be able to do so.
This week we take quotes from everyday life and put a fire service twist on them. The episode is good for fire officers, firefighters, chiefs, and for anyone, it’s really about life in general with a fire service twist.
The new year is all about resolutions so maybe there is something for you to take from .
This week we will talk about some of the additional basic considerations which must be factored into your decision making when you respond and operate at the scene of an explosion, regardless of the cause.