Systematic Size-up Reports for Structure Fires

09/03/2009
By Michael WalkerIt is easier to maintain a good plan than to change a bad plan already in progress. With that being said, the decisions the first-arriving officer makes on a fire scene are critical to the success of that operation. Unfortunately, too many officers operate under the assumption that they are only going to be the incident commander (IC) for a few minutes, so the decisions they make really do not make a difference to the operation's overall success or failure.. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Without a solid, tactically correct action plan beginning from the onset of fire department operations, the scene quickly spirals into even greater chaos. Furthermore, if the f...

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