Outstanding Performance during a High Priority Incident
The ECC operates under a teamwork approach to every task, but sometimes, due to call load and workload, a Communicator must act on their own, take charge and ensure that all tasks are complete to make a situation successful. Today we recognize and outstanding personal performance by a Communicator.
On December 24th, 2016 the ECC received a call for a structure fire on Spotswood Trail in Elkton. The building had several apartments all of which were involved with the fire. This event had multiple victims, included not only the structure but also vehicles on fire and the ECC was working at minimum staffing of 6 Communicators.
Senior Communicator Christina Adams was serving as a F/R trainer when this call was received and due to the extreme nature of the event, she immediately took over the call and became the F/R radio operator. From the onset of the event Communicator Adams was on top of her game ensuring that outside agencies were patched to other responders and offering talkgroup ideas to the scene commander so he didn’t have that burden in addition to his own duties.
This incident quickly progressed to a 4th alarm and Adams did the vast majority of her own toning and filling quarters for the escalation. While this isn’t the ideal method, minimum staffing had other personnel handling additional tasks and calls which also needed attention.
When all was said and done it was realized that Christina had basically utilized nearly every resource she had available and had been able to effectively tone, track, monitor and maintain a status of everyone on this scene.
This truly is not the way most of us spend Christmas Eve but this is a great example of the dedication of public safety personnel. Thanks to Christina for her efforts on this date.