Industrial Firefighting

Emergency Communications: The Corpus Christi System

Issue 11 and Volume 154.

How do you handle your communications, your coordination, and your span of control? BY DAVID W. PARROTT Emergency responders know that every critique of every emergency incident and drill seems to have some common components. No matter how many “Good” ratings are received, it seems that the “Needs Improvement” column always has some reference to “better coordination,” “better communication,” or “better span of control.” Responders seem to discuss these “problems” after every event. The “annual talking point” between sessions at every emergency response conference becomes, “How do you handle your communications, your coordination, and your span of control?” THE CORPUS CHRISTI EXPERIENCE If you were able to find and spend $1.5 million to address these problems in your community, how would you spend it? Approximately seven years ago, officials from Corpus Christi and Nueces County, Texas, began a process that changed “communications” in the Coastal Bend area forever. Officials from…

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