John Lovato

Predictable Is Preventble

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase predictable is preventable before. Gordon Graham talks about it. He also discusses his high frequency low risk and low frequency high risk matrix.


So how do you put in place the predictable is preventable concept in your firehouse?


I try to foster an environment where complacency does not exist.
Its quite the challenge at times.


I just started a LODD report.


Some pushback was “well this is depressing”.
My response: “Yes, so lets learn from it so it doesnt happen to us”


LODD reports help make training personal.


When I first got started in the fire service, we trained heavily on drills developed from LODD.


I attribute this to the way I approach the job today.


So this is why I plan on doing a LODD report monthly with my crew.
My end goal is to eventually assign this task to a member of the crew each month.

But I must do it first a few times to work the bugs out and make it just another thing we do.


The last thing you want to do as a leader is to implement a process that doesn’t work.

Predictable Is Preventble

POWER OF PRAISE


1. Delegating Training

2. Respond better to be better.

 

Lesson:

People prefer praise.

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POWER OF PRAISE

POWER OF PRAISE

1. Delegating Training

2. Respond better to be better.

 

Lesson:

People prefer praise.

My 360 Eval Results


1.  Recap:  Running Calls

2.  Retiree Visit

3.  360 Eval

 

Lesson:

Be adaptable.

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My 360 Eval Results

My 360 Eval Results

1.  Recap:  Running Calls

2.  Retiree Visit

3.  360 Eval

 

Lesson:

Be adaptable.

Recliner Cowboys & Missed Opportunities

We’ve had an exciting week at my firehouse over the last week. 


A chief let me know about some acquired structures we had access to. So on our facility day, thats where we went to pull some lines and work on some search inside the building. I found out later I wasn’t suppose to go there without letting him know first….oops sorry chief.


Anyways after the training, one of the guys new to my crew started getting into the drills. He later thanked me for putting it together.


FACT: Firefighters like doing firefighter things.


The next shift we caught a first due kitchen fire in an apartment on the second floor. We take a crew photo back at the firehouse. For those of you who saw it on my facebook page, my Nozzleman had the biggest smile on his face.


He got to do the job he signed up for and trains for.
Its comparable to a football player on game day. A spec ops soldier on a mission.


He even came in yesterday ready for round 2.


Well early this morning we got called to a neighboring department for a 3rd alarm warehouse fire. We sat in staging for awhile and my guys vented that they were tired of waiting and wanted to work. “We’re workers Capt, let us work”.


We got called into the scene and helped with some mop up of some hot spots.


So why have I shared this with you?


Our happiness comes from doing WORK.The WORK we signed up for.
Wether its training to do our job or actually doing our job.


The more we can practice our craft and actually do something, the more satisfaction we will have.


Its SCIENCE! ….. maybe haha


Anyways, dont be afraid to get your crew to get out there and sweat a little bit. Its actually just what MORALE needs.

Recliner Cowboys & Missed Opportunities

You learn by experiencing instead of guessing


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You learn by experiencing instead of guessing

REPEAT UNTIL UNDERSTOOD


1.  Busy Day Recap

2. Preplan canceled = training opportunity

3.  Agree to disagree:  hose/nozzle

 

Lesson:

Frustrations stem from lack of understanding.  Some need a repetitive and clearer message until they understand.  This takes time and work.

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REPEAT UNTIL UNDERSTOOD

REPEAT UNTIL UNDERSTOOD

1.  Busy Day Recap

2. Preplan canceled = training opportunity

3.  Agree to disagree:  hose/nozzle

 

Lesson:

Frustrations stem from lack of understanding.  Some need a repetitive and clearer message until they understand.  This takes time and work.