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The Model Incident Command System Series: Dividing the Fireground

Issue 8 and Volume 138.

The Model Incident Command System Series: Dividing the Fireground FEATURES STRATEGY AND TACTICS In nearly every emergency incident, there is more than just one problem to be overcome. A fire in the rear of a six-story apartment building may be extending unnoticed to Exposure 3. One side of the fire building may be in danger of collapsing on Exposure 2—the orphanage. Exposure 4, a dynamite factory, could pose a more serious problem than the fire itself. How can the incident commander address all these concerns and still keep the fireground from becoming a hotbed of confusion? By dividing the incident scene. In this twelfth article in the series on the National Fire Academy’s model incident command system, we will discuss the importance of dividing the incident scene and how without this technique, a loss of efficiency, increased confusion, excessive radio traffic, and an unacceptable span of control for the incident…

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