The Fire Service And How Administrations Approach Deviation From Policy

1315 Words Jul 13th, 2016 6 Pages
Standard Operating Procedures have been written in blood! In the fires service our work is inherently dangerous and demands discipline, but what about those moments of humanness? Those moments when policy doesn 't inherently match our rolodex of experiences which are the basis of our decision making. Or what is called “recognition prime decision making”, where we rapidly make decisions on the fire ground based on previous success in similar situations. As you can see this kind of decision making can be hugely successful if the person making decisions has the years of experience to draw from. These decisions also lend themselves susceptible to falling outside policy even when the policy is put in place through careful analysis by an administration whose goal is the safety of its personnel, because the decisions are based off of “going with your gut”, not your studies or review of the said policy. As I read the chapters this week, the topic of power, stuck out for me as it relates to my career in the fire service and how administrations approach deviation from policy. “Write them up!” they will shout after a company officer or others makes a perceived poor decision. My goal now and in the future is to approach these kinds of issues by using an effective system with the “interests” being the focus rather than the “power” as outlined in our text. “Power is not owned by an individual. The particular relationship creates the power distribution. Therefore, power…

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