Firefighter Training Drill: Safety Officer: Monitoring Incident Communications

Fire training drill by Forest Reeder Drill #4 in our Incident Safety Officer series discusses the importance of monitoring radio communications as an evaluation tool of imminent and potential safety hazards. One of the best ways to keep tabs on what is happening during an incident by the safety officer is to closely monitor radio transmissions. You should be listening for transmission barriers such as open keys or broken transmissions, and instructions that are not acknowledged or followed through on. Keep an ear on transmissions that are unclear or incomplete also. When the incident commander (IC) contacts a company, division, or group for a progress report, make sure you take in all of ...

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