USING MISSION STATEMENTS IN THE FIRE SERVICE: DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR COMPANIES ARE DOING?

08/01/1997
USING MISSION STATEMENTS IN THE FIRE SERVICE: DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR COMPANIES ARE DOING?BY JOHN F. (SKIP) COLEMAN We have been using the incident command system (ICS) for almost 10 years now and have watched the ICS evolve into a management tool that helps define roles and responsibilities at every incident to which we respond. We still need some work on the nuances of the ICS. We do not get multiple-alarm incidents frequently enough to allow our officers to get a view into the complexities of the command post. Chiefs still are leery of establishing the required sections at major incidents. Until frequency and familiarity replace skepticism and self-doubt, we may face a period of stagnat...

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