Leadership

First-In OfficerÍs Decisions Set Pattern for Operations

Issue 1 and Volume 135.

First-In Officer’s Decisions Set Pattern for Operations departments The Volunteers Corner The first-in officer at a fire bears a particularly high degree of responsibility because his initial decisions should establish the base for an effective strategy for continuing fireground operations. Whether the first-in officer is a company officer or a first-alarm chief, his actions must conform to his department’s standard operating procedures and match what his superior officer would have done if he had been first on the fireground. In other words, the initial action of the first-in officer should allow for that action to be expanded into a heavier attack on the fire, a more extensive rescue effort, an expanded protection of exposures, or whatever else is required to handle the situation. The responsibility of the first-in company officer is to take command of the fireground until a superior officer (usually a first-alarm chief officer) arrives. He must issue…

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