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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