Firefighting

ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Issue 12 and Volume 150.

ACCOUNTABILITY AND THE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BY JOHN F. (SKIP) COLEMAN Things in the fire service tend to be cyclical. There are “trends” in the fire service. When I began my career in 1975, some of the new trends were hazardous materials response for firefighters, emergency medical response for fire departments, and aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). Other things that had been tried or used and that were beginning to fall off the firefighter face of the earth at that time were Brouder life nets (too labor intensive, too many broken wrists, and the advent of taller buildings), smooth-bore nozzles (replaced by combination nozzles), and two-stage fire pumps for most middle- and small-size departments. When I started, there was no such thing as large-diameter hose, confined space, or positive-pressure ventilation. Those items hadn`t even begun their “climb.” Things seem to rise on the horizon of the fire service. Once they are…

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