What is considered a matter of life or death?
Sometimes, of course, that phrase is used as hyperbole. It might be applied to something as trivial as making sure you are not late to a job interview or Zoom meeting with your supervisor.
For firefighters and paramedics, they face life-or-death situations every day as an ordinary function of their jobs. They understand more than most how seemingly minute changes can make all the difference in an emergency.
Technology has affected everything about our lives. It has changed the way we work such that almost every career relies in some way on computers. In the last year, we realized just how much impact technology has had on the workforce, with many jobs becoming remote and remaining that way even after things began to return to normal following the height of the global pandemic.
When people think of the job of firefighting, they might have one or more pictures in their minds. Some think of the quintessential rescue of the neighborhood cast stick in a tree.
Others remember demonstrations in school where firefighters taught valuable lessons about how to escape a structural fire and safety tips regarding how to prevent fire.
Still, others remember the time first responders put their lives on the line to save them during the most traumatic moments in their lives. They see the job as never-ending moments of heroically running into the very spaces from which people are trying to escape.
While there is, of course, a lot of emergency action in the job description, much of the daily work can be a bit less exhilarating.
Much of your time is spent doing paperwork and training for future calls. Some of that work seems tedious, but it is part of a hero's work. The tedious tasks also contribute to saving lives.
Still, if there are ways to make some of those things more efficient, you should take advantage of them.
Mobile pre-planning software may be the solution your department’s needs.
Heroes save lives. Whether you are in a volunteer department or on a large team in an urban area, when you are on a call, you are doing the work of a hero. From the mundane to the frightening, on the other end of each call is someone that needs help and at the very least feels their situation is dire enough to dial 911. To effectively reach them with a potentially life-saving solution, every second counts. Every small piece of knowledge helps reduce the number of ticks on the clock it will take to reach them.