Leadership

Model Incident Command System— An Overview

Issue 7 and Volume 137.

Model Incident Command System— An Overview STRATEGY AND TACTICS Taking command of an incident is an awesome task at best. And decisions on managing manpower and equipment often must be reached within seconds. There is no “best” method when it comes to commanding an incident; but, depending on circumstances, there are “better” methods. The National Fire Academy (NFA) developed a model incident command system, which is a compilation of the knowledge and expertise of people from all areas of the nation. It is not just one department’s method of managing an incident scene, it is a collection of what are considered to be the better methods of commanding and controlling an incident. First taught at the National Fire Academy in 1981, the course has been continually improved and revised under the guidance of Charles Burkell, resident programs division instructor; Romey Brooks of the Materials Development Division, and William Blair, emergency…

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