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Fireground Management: For Lack of Command Experience

By Kenneth L. Erickson For the past few years it seems that the fire service has placed bigger (and more stressful) burdens on our company-level officers, especially in smaller- and mid-size fire departments. It is not uncommon to see a company officer operating in the position of command for a fairly large operation. When this happens, the officer's crew is now operating unsupervised or they've been assigned to another officer, who now becomes overloaded with too many direct reports. And many times the company officer is not ready for the command assignment, be it for lack of experience or training. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has analyzed and docume...

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