In this episode, Bob and Mike discuss how to be a better entry technician.
Complete Show Notes
6:25 1. Know Your Equipment
- What is it capable of doing?
- What’s its primary function?
- What can you make it do?
- What can it do when used “outside the box?”
10:00 2. Be Comfortable in Your PPE
- There are a lot of choices – train in all of them
- Understand the limitations and capabilities of each level
- Train to be self-sufficient with equipment
- Make sure your size is on the rig
12:30 3. Don’t be a Jerk
- Just don’t do it!
14:30 4. Listen to Your Team
- There’s a lot of experience on a hazmat, and everyone can add something of value
- Accept that there are different points of view and different ways of doing things
18:10 5. Slow Down and Take It All In
- Remember that you didn’t start the emergency
- Slowing down helps us get a better idea of what’s happening
- This also helps us prioritize and makes it easier to follow the plan
20:15 6. Constantly be Evaluating
- Do you have everything you need?
- If not, do you have a plan to get everything you need?
- Are you ready to take the next step?
25:15 7. Have Good Communication Skills
- This applies to your entry partner, your backup team, your officer, and the incident commander
- Do you know where your decon is?
- Have you and your partner worked together?
- What are your weaknesses, and what can you do to improve upon them?
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