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Fire Officer Development: From the Bay Door to the Front Door: The Company Officer On Scene

By Joseph McClelland Once you arrive on scene as a company officer, perform your size-up but try to keep it brief and to the point. Other responding units, command officers, and dispatch initially only need: structure size, type and occupancy What is or is not showing and the actions you are going to take at this point. An example is: "Dispatch, Engine 9 is on the scene of a 2.5 frame single-family with smoke showing from the second floor. We will be pulling a line and going interior. I will update you if needed after my 360. Have all incoming units switch to RED fireground on arrival and have the next-in officer take command." This paints the picture for all incoming units ab...

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