Aggressive Strategy

The Management Science Curriculum includes the following courses:
R107 - Communications for Emergency Services Success
R331 - Strategic Organizational Issues in Fire and EMS Organizations
R332 - Effective Leadership Skills for Fire and EMS Organizations
R335 - Administration of Public Assistance for Community Recovery
R824 - Management Strategies for Success (VIP)

Aggressive Strategy

Postby Mark Emery » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:48 pm

A lot of good people would be alive today had the fire service fostered a proud history and tradition of aggressive strategy; a history and tradition that we are at least as proud of as aggressive tactics. The reason for this discrepancy is simple: good strategy is a more challenging than great tactics.

Bungled tactics (falling off ladders, knots failing, poor hose handling, power saw accidents) do not kill fire fighters. Focusing on fireground fatalities where the deceased fire fighter was in the wrong place at the wrong time has strategic roots. NIOSH reports reveal that bad strategy (or the lack of) is a routine contributor to fire fighter death and injury. Often cited NIOSH issues include no size-up, lack of a competent command presence, absence of accountability, no action plan, tactical freelancing, and poor risk management.

While it's important that fire fighters know how to perform tactics using appropriate tactical tools, it is more important that fire officers know how to perform strategy using appropriate strategic tools.

Your National Fire Academy is the tip of the spear for the development of informed strategists. Your support of the National Fire Academy and your membership in the NFAAA is appreciated; please encourage your colleagues to attend and support the National Fire Academy and the NFAAA as well.

Mark Emery
Region X
Mark Emery

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