Experience Matters!!


A new study states that experienced firefighters more analytical under stress than novices The study found that experienced firefighters had a better understanding of the consequences of a bad decision and therefore felt more stressed.

Are you thinking “duh?”

Well-sometimes it takes a STUDY to show us what we already know, or think we know. Sometimes it takes FACT to help us demonstrate to those making the staffing and fiscal decisions of WHY we need, for example, experienced officers leading inexperienced firefighters. Why reduction of staffing, placing company officers in command roles (vs being company officers and staying with their company), placing inexperienced firefighters in “the front seat” and other short cuts” can end up leaving inexperienced firefighters facing critical decisions—decisions they have no experience or ability to make. Firefighters have absolutely been critically injured or killed in the Line of Duty due to the absence of solid, seasoned, trained and experienced officers and senior firefighters. Sometimes that is known as setting people up for failure. Sometimes. READ ON:


What are your thoughts on Acting Officers and everybody just moving up when someone takes off? How important is Staffing? How important is it to comply with NFPA 1710 or going from an IRIT to RIT?

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203 thoughts on “Experience Matters!!

  1. Experience usually is referred to as Seniority in many departments. There is a huge difference between seniority and experience. I have witnessed on more than one occasion, a Senior firefighter unnecessarily risking the lives of his crew or making an improper tactical decision on a scene because of his lack of experience.
    Experience is married to education. Those who may have years on the job with little additional education other than the required company drills are not fit to sit in the Officer’s seat on any rig.
    If your “experience” has been to do the wrong thing every time you go out than all we continue to do is to perpetuate the same error. I would rather that anyone acting as an Officer be required to have Officer Training at a minimum along with a required additional 12 hours of outside training every year in order to be in charge.

    • WOW! Well put – you must have spent some time at my job. Most amount of time spent in the lazy boy qualifies you to be a Captain at my department.

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