Leadership

TEN STEPS TO ORGANIZING A RESCUE COMPANY

Issue 10 and Volume 144.

TEN STEPS TO ORGANIZING A RESCUE COMPANY Identify local hazards that will be addressed by the formation of a rescue company. Define the mission and objectives that will be performed by the unit. Create a list of tools that will be needed to accomplish these goals. Research the types of apparatus that will suit your needs, considering size, weight, personnel-riding capacity, and estimated price. Request funding by presenting a comprehensive plan that stresses economy and efficiency. Finalize your specifications based on your needs and available funding. Determine manpower levels and select personnel based on qualifications. Outline a temporary replacement policy. Begin specialized training in advance of the anticipated arrival of the apparatus. If the size of the department warrants, appoint a rescue coordinator to supervise. Establish the response criteria for the unit. Once the unit is operating, make provisions for a backup or reserve apparatus if possible.

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