Incident Commander Checklist: A Quick Reference Guide

Issue 8 and Volume 162.

BY MURREY E. LOFLIN When I was first promoted to battalion chief in the Virginia Beach (VA) Fire Department (VBFD) in June 2001, I experienced new concerns about the operational process in terms of incident management. I had been “in command” of incidents before as a company officer and as an acting battalion chief, working my way through the process. Also, I had served as the department’s health and safety officer and as safety officer and public information officer (command staff positions) at various incidents. I felt extremely uncomfortable in that I was overlooking something as an incident commander (IC) in terms of quality incident management. I wanted to ensure that I was able to effectively and safely manage an emergency incident regardless of the risks generated by the incident. Experience is a wonderful teacher, but I didn’t want to make mistakes that could jeopardize the safety and welfare of…

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