Benchmarking Fireground Performance   [open pdf - 112KB]

"Largo Fire is a progressive and proactive organization and has been an innovator of new concepts for almost two decades, most recently having attained CFAI [Commission on Fire Accreditation International] accreditation. Largo Fire Rescue chose to apply benchmarking measurements to fireground tasks. The problem is that Largo Fire Rescue had few standardized performance benchmarks that measure the quality of the fire crews' performance for specific fireground tasks. The purpose of this research was to evaluate specific fireground task benchmarks to determine which are applicable for measuring quality performance in Largo Fire Rescue. The goal was to answer the following three research questions: 1. What benchmarks are considered the standard for fireground task performance? 2. How can benchmarking of specific fireground tasks improve quality of performance? 3. What benchmarks are applicable to Largo Fire Rescue and how will they assist in reducing cycle times of fireground tasks? To accomplish this, evaluative research was used to perform a retrospective analysis of three years of data collected by the Pinellas County 911 Dispatch Center. Largo Fire Rescue has adopted two new intervals as internal benchmarks: on-scene to water on the fire interval (OS-WOF), and on-scene to primary search complete interval (OS-PSC). The analysis of the OS-WOF interval revealed a mean time = 4.13; standard deviation = 3.38 and the OS-PSC interval mean time = 8.23; standard deviation = 7.03. Future training will be focused on reducing cycle times for these fireground tasks. The research demonstrated that few mutually agreed upon, standardized, benchmarks of specific fireground tasks are measured nor reported."

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