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Preincident Size-Up Practices

By Eric G. Bachman If “a picture is worth a thousand words,” depending on the observer, interpretations will vary with opposing meanings and opinions. This saying holds true in the fire service, especially when first-arriving fire units provide a verbal size-up of conditions over the air waves. This first report paints a picture of the conditions present. Although the first-in officer does not have to use a thousand words to assess and describe an incident, he can elicit a picture of varying perceptions by individual listeners.   INTERPRETATION If I asked a classroom of firefighters to draw a three-story apartment building, I would assuredly get varied templates with detail variation...

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