Firefighter Training, Firefighting

Radio Communications Discipline Through C.A.R.D.S.

Issue 3 and Volume 166.

BY WILLIAM SHOULDIS “Readiness to respond” has a direct connection to communication capabilities. In an instant, the incident commander’s (IC) plan of action can change. In recent years, the fire service has been involved in incidents that reflect various risks to first responders. Identifying hazards and assessing dangers are required at the strategic, tactical, and task levels. The frequency of flashover, building collapse, and entanglement has increased. All could require the urgent transmission of a Mayday message. A straightforward communication procedure is the “life blood” of command, control, and coordination at the emergency scene. Today’s social media and smart phones are vital tools in dealing with communication to the public. Yet, first responders need a highly reliable internal communication system based on the basics. A fundamental command challenge is to have an administrative policy for using the portable radio that is acceptable under all circumstances. During difficult economic times, community…

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