Fireground Management, Leadership

Qualities of Effective Incident Commanders

Issue 8 and Volume 164.

BY DANIEL P. SHERIDAN The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has formed an Incident Management Team (IMT) to help with large catastrophic events in the wake of 9/11. I am fortunate to be involved with the team. As a part of our training, we sometimes shadow National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) in the wildland fire service. At one of these events, one of the operations section chiefs, George Custer, let me copy a handwritten piece of paper that listed 16 qualities of a good incident commander (IC). I put them in my wallet and carry them with me all the time. I would like to share them with you and put my spin on them with respect to how they apply to an IC at a structural fire. The principles apply not only to wildland and structural fires but also to every aspect of good management in the fire…

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