Fri, 9 Jul 2010|
Chief Robert T. Heath of the Kingston (MA) Fire Department discusses setting up a fixed command post.
I'd like to talk to you about setting up a fixed command post and the components of the fixed command or some of the things that I've found. That work for -- Basically a carry a dry erase board that I kind of uses -- status board. For quick notes when incoming mutual -- apparatus is coming in and I commit them. To an incident. And specific task. From -- -- I could use this to drive down specific times that the -- that you would give me. Specific. Extra notes from other responders. This is our accountability board. When we do as members come in and -- again. I salute you episodes. We'll take their tanks. Talk about to a space that is for -- assigned function other divided usually command that I'd be hooked up incident command. Precedent group one. May -- trying to fire attack. And of the people's tags. They're doing fire attack would be set up here. Anybody that comes in a group tool that could be ventilation they'd be shut up here. This I've found helps me manage the incident. Much better and it gives me an idea as to who is on scene. Thank you remember that I find -- useful for me is amber used to dry erase board and I may -- -- accountability board real quack. But as the incident gets larger. More -- This is what the safety officer would use. In conjunction -- dislodged. -- here we found that we use one of these smack about birds. On each piece of apparatus. So when you're responding you -- -- -- on your truck and the safety officer goes and picks this up. So it's not uncommon that I might have. Through all five of these sit in the back -- -- safety officer -- -- to their individual tasks. One of the pitfalls to accountability system. Is people are arriving on scene and going to work. Prior to the accountability system being set up. -- for the safety officer may have to change their tags. Or the incident commander may have to rely on a dry erase what. -- -- -- -- -- and then get their tag later. So when will surely you wouldn't see the tag here. Therefore you may not know that the persons on scene. So to eliminate that pitfall as -- arrive on scene get checked bag to either the first an engine. There are set up at the command post. The beauty of the setup that we chose. -- that it has multiple components toilet. And I can take a smaller board. For smaller incidents. Like going to hear Roger board if we start have a multiple companies coming -- I'm trying keep this here. Are all of the parish ordered smaller incidents so I can best manage my people -- and it. Additionally. Communications is very important in the command post. I have a radio without a primary channels. There are counting. Any individuals -- surrounding department. That we can operate from. Also have. Two breaths for portable radios. So that I can set up multiple radios for multiple channels so that I can monitor them. An example -- that would be a large scale incident that we have I would not only use our fire allowed frequency but I would also be utilizing. One potentially to cool. Mutual wave frequencies. Let's -- I can keep in constant communication with any resource that's coming to -- incident. Additionally what I carry is a carry an incident management -- gonna block -- if I don't initially see. Something going on even though I've assigned the person to do a task. I can walk around the incident all I can send somebody -- on the incidents to write down exactly what's going on. At this point the safety officer would help me in drawing a diagram of the building involved or the area or if it's a brush -- Additionally. We have another resource that no -- departments. Use. That's a cell phone. I keep one of the car here so that if I have sensitive confidential information that needs to be relayed to. I do batches where they need to relay it to me. That can be done without coming over the radio frequencies and tying up the radios. Also tour cell -- as useful if I have to talk to regulatory agencies. Well outside agency beyond the fire department. -- is also very important. As you know -- all operate in the daytime. It's a good whites get some whites that are gonna be able to provide you with the ability to see -- four hours a day. And also give some thought of setting up -- area. -- weather tight rope around your back of your command vehicle. This is the set up the works for us. The -- may not work for you know. Put some of the components of it in place. May help you manage an incident safely. And efficiently.