USFA Releases After-Action Critiques Technical Report

The U.S. Fire Administration has released, as part of its technical report series, a new report titled "The After Action Critique: Training Through Lessons Learned." The report is designed to help all fire service members gather critical preparedness, response, and recovery information from all emergencies; document the lessons learned; and assist with the continuous evolution of firefighter training.

"The fire service is always seeking ways to improve its operations. At training classes and seminars, fire service members seek out insight into tactics and discuss new technologies for their applicability to other jurisdictions," said U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade. "Lessons are also learned from each response to an emergency incident. Unless feedback on incident response and command is shared with other personnel in the fire service, a valuable learning opportunity can be lost."

USFA develops reports on selected major fires throughout the country. Under this project, the agency also develops special reports addressing a variety of issues that affect the fire service such as homeland security and disaster preparedness, new technologies, training, fire-ground tactics, and firefighter health and safety.

The report provides detailed information on the nature of the fire problem and the many types of services provided by fire departments."These reports provide detailed information for policymakers and individuals within the fire service who can use the information to improve codes and code enforcement, training, public fire education, building technology, and other areas of fire service responsibility," Cade said.

To view the report, click here.

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