Leadership

SOPs: KEY TO GOOD LEADERSHIP

Issue 3 and Volume 145.

SOPs: KEY TO GOOD LEADERSHIP Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are among the fire officer’s greatest tools. A functional definition of an SOP was developed by Chief Alan Brunacini in his book Fire Command (published by the National Fire Protection Association). According to Brunacini, standard operating procedures are “a set of organizational directives that establish a standard course of action on the emergency scene to increase the effectiveness of the firefighting or rescue team.” Analyzing this definition part by part reveals some general characteristics of SOPs. A set of organizational directives. These directions or orders, relative to a specific topic, apply to the entire organization (your fire department), stipulate what should be done, and provide personnel with guidelines or a general course of action. That establish a standard course of action on the emergency scene. Personnel responding to an incident or emergency already have been given orders by their leaders on…

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