Drill of the Week: Develop an Incident Action Plan

By Forest Reeder

After a size-up is completed, the officer begins the process of developing an incident action plan (IAP). A formal incident action plan should be used at all incidents. The incident action plan will accomplish two major responsibilities of the officer: the identification of the incident strategy and the assignment of the tactics that achieve the strategy. The IAP can be both verbal and/or written. In some situations, the formal IAP will be developed by the Planning Section Officer. Department SOPs/SOGs will often guide the decision-making process by outlining the actions that should be taken by each member of the company

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Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

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