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Mastering Fireground Command: Firefighting in Commercial Occupancies

BY ANTHONY KASTROS In the first two articles, we discussed the need to integrate strategy/tactics, standard operating guidelines (SOGs)/standard operating procedures (SOPs), and the Incident Command System (ICS) into a street-smart, simple, firefighter-friendly system. The top five National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) line-of-duty death (LODD) causal factors surround command are as follows: Inadequate or improper risk assessment. Lack of incident command. Lack of accountability. Inadequate communications. Lack of established SOPs or failure to follow them. A user-friendly system must go "beyond checking the boxes." The March 2011 article in this series...

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