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Size-Up and Plan Development at a Technical Rescue Operation

By Mike Donahue Size-up and plan development at a technical rescue operation is an important task for firefighters operating in the field of rescue operations, yet it's a task that is misunderstood mainly because these operations are usually highly complex and the incident commander (IC) may not have a rescue background. When this is the case, the size-up performed will be similar to that performed at a fire operation, which means a lot of vital information will be missed. This is usually avoided somewhat because the IC relies on his specialized companies to feed him information and essentially run the operation. However, this entails a time delay associated with receiving that initial re...

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