Issue 6 and Volume 155.

BY TOM BRENNAN So you want to be an incident commander? You know all the book information; the systems; the vest colors; your department’s accountability system; and all the staging, participants, records, frequencies, and tactical support for strategies chosen (or forced on you). However, you don’t know the ongoing information you need about that fire that is in the building so you can make initial and early decisions on tactical positions, on the additional logistics and personnel assessment, or whether you are even winning or losing. Your position in the street is one you hope to be relieved of so you can get “inside,” where it is easier to work. So what does the initial incident commander do to find out the data needed? From whom does he get the information? What type of information? First, like any decision and operation on the fireground, you, as the initial incident commander,…

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