A basic task that is easily overlooked at incidents is adequate scene lighting. All personnel should evaluate the placement and use of lighting at all incidents. At fireground incidents, all sides of the incident need to be illuminated so that exterior conditions can be monitored, smoke conditions can be read and means of egress identified. This also helps members operating within the structure to identify windows, doors, or other openings through smoke filled rooms. Rescue operations also benefit from proper lighting through the evaluation of scene hazards, entrapment identification and proper tool placement and use. Use apparatus mounted lights and portable lights to accomplish this task. Review procedures for applying portable lighting to the incident area.
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