Truck Company

Mastering Fireground Command: Firefighting in Commercial Occupancies

Issue 4 and Volume 165.

BY ANTHONY KASTROS In the first two articles, we discussed the need to integrate strategy/tactics, standard operating guidelines (SOGs)/standard operating procedures (SOPs), and the Incident Command System (ICS) into a street-smart, simple, firefighter-friendly system. The top five National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) line-of-duty death (LODD) causal factors surround command are as follows: Inadequate or improper risk assessment. Lack of incident command. Lack of accountability. Inadequate communications. Lack of established SOPs or failure to follow them. A user-friendly system must go “beyond checking the boxes.” The March 2011 article in this series discussed the “NIOSH 5” in detail and how to integrate the ICS with your SOGs to maximize safety, effectiveness, and efficiency on the fireground. The August 2011 article discussed the incident power curve, the ICS formula, the 10 Commandments of Fire Command, and the use of preloaded command/tactical templates for known rescues in homes, duplex/fourplex, garden/center…

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