Have you ever responded to an incident and had the perfect Action Plan, the team worked flawlessly and never missed a beat? Responding to fire and emergency incidents present challenges to first responders as incidents are truly unknown. What are the lessons learned while at a fire? Can you pass along information to other responders that will help improve responses in the future?
Many of these questions are answered in after action analysis. There are many pitfalls that can occur during the event which can turn lessons learned into attacks and allegations. The USFA has recently released a report to help standardize after action reports.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) released today, as part of their technical report series, a new report titled The After Action Critique: Training Through Lessons Learned. This report is designed to assist all fire service members to be able to gather critical preparedness, response, and recovery information from all emergencies; document the lessons learned; and assist with the continuous evolution of firefighter training.
I would recommend that you start small and work up to larger incidents. This will help make your crews understand the technique and intent of such a powerful tool.