Fireground Management: Tailboard Talk: Did your Last Emergency Incident Go as Well as it Could Have?

By Craig Nelson and Dane Carley You are in the middle of another routine day when the tones go off for a fire in an apartment building. You may be the senior firefighter filling-in, a company officer, a battalion chief, an assistant chief, or the chief. Anyone in these roles could quickly find themselves staring down the barrel of the incident commander (IC) position. It may be your first or 1,000th time in this position, but either way, this important role must be filled. The outcome will depend upon your previous experience, education, and training (and your crew's abilities, because great crews have a way of making their superiors look great). Do you perform well as an IC? Over time, h...

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