Leadership

ICS: KNOW WHO’S IN CHARGE

Issue 6 and Volume 143.

ICS: KNOW WHO’S IN CHARGE VOLUNTEERS CORNER The Incident Command System was devised so that every fire department would have an established fireground management system—a system that could be initiated at every incident, even small ones, but that also could be enlarged as the situation required. It is not a new concept. The Incident Command System was created by FIRESCOPE in Southern California for the management of large brush fires and is the basis for the system now being used by the National Fire Academy. The Phoenix Fire Department also has authored a popular system called the Fireground Commander, which is touted by the National Fire Protection Association. Either method can be used to advantage. Some departments will create their own systems, drawing on one or both of the others. Other fire departments will stay with the traditional fireground systems that they have developed and used over the years. ICS…

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