Air Crash SkillsIntroduction (700 words)“The mission of the fire department is to save lives and protect property” (International Association of Fire Chiefs 2008, p. 366). Air crash skills are indispensable to fire fighters as it can significantly improve their rescue operation predominantly on hazardous aircraft incidents. Moreover, because saving lives is at all times the utmost priority at fire scene, search and rescue skills is exceptionally valuable at any incident. In an incident, however, saving lives remains the highest priority until it is no longer probable to rescue anyone successfully.
These circumstances might take place if the incident or other reasons make it improbable that anyone could still be alive to be rescued. Almost without exception, fire fighters are often earliest on the scene of medical emergencies, hazmat releases, natural disasters, and fabricated disasters like terrorist attacks. Considering the complexity of the above, fire fighters must therefore have the essential skills to handle incidents successfully. The range of rescue hazards has never been so disparate. Presently, fire and rescue groups are being dispatched to a high-rise fire or an industrial fire in the city or a plane crash somewhere.
Fire and rescue groups are now being challenged by new rescue capabilities and increasing rescue-related tasks. The days when the fire and rescue services have a rather hidden immunity from the scrutiny of the legal system are gone. A number of landmark cases in which the procedure and strategies of fire/rescue agencies have been called into question have forever removed the mask of invulnerability. Appropriate training and suitable skills are currently extremely central as the moral and legal obligation of fire/rescue agencies to uphold an invariable promptness to give timely, logical, and professional response depend on it.
For instance, when personnel who lack basic technical search and rescue skills or proper equipment perform emergency operations, normally ill equipped for the intricate demands of rescue, things can hastily fail, occasionally with distressing consequence. On the contrary, rescue can be one of the most rewarding activities when fire and rescue personnel are well trained, equipped, and satisfactorily prepared to handle the consequences of hazards. Even when unanticipated disaster makes matters worse for search and rescue efforts, appropriately equipped fire fighters and rescuers are set to employ unconventional solutions without missing a beat.
“This is where well-trained personnel make the difference in the outcome of difficult search and rescue operations” (Collins 2004, p. 36). In the early days, many fatalities of accidents and tragedies passed away without being rescued, relatively because only a small number of fire fighters and rescuers were capable of or skilled to handle the consequences in a timely manner. Now, it has become a practice for fatalities of seemingly non-survivable disasters to be rescued alive and restored to health because fire fighters and other rescuers have the understanding, experience, skills, and tools to find, retrieve, and take care of them.
Rescues that previously qualified as incredible are now frequently regarded as the normal effect of clever planning, efficient training, and excellent overall alertness by local fire departments and other rescue agencies (Cote 2004, p. 378; Collins 2004, p. 36).