Classrooms Day 2


Let's Go! Action-Oriented Decision Making

Have you ever shown up at a call and felt like you are spinning wheels? On the fireground or the incident scene, time is of the essence- things get worse the longer we take to make a decision. There is a vast number of acronyms and memory-joggers to move from point A to B to C to… you get the picture. How many steps do we have to go through before we start to DO WORK? This discussion will help personnel hone their skills to make good, quick decisions on the fireground and gain a better understanding of the PPE they wear and equipment they use. Topics included in the presentation are the OODA Loop and breaking down the evolving fire scene to assess and observe 4 areas- Temperature, the Neutral Plane, Smoke, and Thermal Data, so that personnel can do the most important thing on the fireground- TAKE ACTION! If you have ever had difficulty explaining why you made a decision, this will give you a method to pass along and train future personnel to take action. You will learn it today and use it tomorrow. This class was presented virtually at MAFFC due to COVID in 2021, and has been updated to maintain relevance for today’s fire service.

Your Instructor

Jack McGovern

Jack McGovern has been in the Fire Service for over 30 years. He joined the OWL Volunteer Fire Department in 1991 and received his Life Membership in 2013. Jack has worked for the Fredericksburg Fire Department since 2000 where he is currently assigned as a Battalion Chief of Emergency Management, Training and Safety. He is also a Contract Employee with the Ogle International Airport in Guyana, South America since 2005. Since 2014, Jack has worked with Project Kill the Flashover (KTF), a fire behavior research and training organization. After a lengthy research project in 2018, he received his Craftsman Designation with KTF and currently serves as the non-profit organization’s Vice President. He has been able to bring his knowledge and research from the classroom to the street for personnel to do their jobs better. Jack has been published in Fire Engineering, and continues to conduct research in the area of Fire Behavior and Tactics. He is a Fire Officer IV and Instructor II, and he graduated from Old Dominion University in 1998. He lives in Spotsylvania County with his wife, Jessica and their
Dog, Bubba.