A great article we just read details a new approach many corporations are taking to learn how to operate as a team during a crisis. Turning to the New York Fire Department and using hands-on firefighting scenarios, the FDNY teaches businessmen and women as well as professional athletes to manage the unexpected as well as the importance of clear communication, strong leadership and working as a team.
This FDNY Team Challenge was created in 2010 by the FDNY Foundation (the not-for-profit organization), to share FDNY's best practices in teamwork and leadership with these corportations. Participants travel to the FDNY Training Academy and are put into real, high-pressure, friefighting scenarios. The goal is for them to draw on the teamwork experience to establish high performance in the workplace.
We love this idea! NFPA even puts on our very own Fire Ops 101 course for employees and staff. Our goals of this program are also to help show everyone that the effort we put toward safety standards are well worth the effort. Take a look at some of the photos from our recent courses!