Fireground Management, Leadership

Fireground Communications: Command Considerations and Responsibilities

Issue 5 and Volume 173.

By JAIME REYES Communications aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when discussing fireground operations, training, and the overall work we do to ensure that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to serve the citizens we are sworn to protect. Unfortunately, fireground communications are almost always brought up after the fact. We generally focus on communications during after-action reports (AARs), postincident analysis (PIA), and line-of-duty death (LODD) reports. That being the case, the fire service should adjust its focus and bring the topic of communications to the forefront, just as we do for fire dynamics, fire streams, forcible entry, vent-enter-search, and myriad other fireground-related topics. One of the ways we can accomplish this is through good old-fashioned leadership. RELATED FIREFIGHTER TRAINING Conditions That Warrant Urgent Communications to Command Throw Back to Basics: Fireground Communications Fireground Communications: From Size-Up to Mayday Communicating Expectations There’s no shortage in…

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