FDIC 2014 Preview: Command, Control, and Accountability

At FDIC 2014, North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo will be presenting a workshop entitled “Fireground Strategies: Command, Control, and Accountability.”

This workshop addresses the fireground experience from arrival through termination. Operational safety along with command structure and strategy selection and modification are discussed. Further discussed are ongoing fireground operations such as decentralizing the fireground, progress reports, and post-control activities. The program’s objective is to identify areas where weakness in command and organizational structure cause a breakdown in operations and safety. Operational discipline and setting expectations for subordinates when preparing for the fireground are stressed. Students will be shown how to bring the Incident Command System down to the street level, making the fireground safer and more effective. Developing a safe operating philosophy that will help minimize fireground injuries and fatalities will be discussed, and students will be able to identify activities that run counter to the safe execution of the incident action plan and to offer solutions.

ANTHONY AVILLO, a 29-year veteran of the fire service, is a deputy chief in North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He has a BS degree in fire science and instructs at NJ College University and the Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academy. He authored Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Fire Engineering, 2008) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volumes I & II (Fire Engineering, 2002, 2010); contributed to Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Fire Engineering, 2009); coauthored its Study Guide (Fire Engineering, 2010); collaborated in the Tactical Perspectives DVD series (Fire Engineering, 2011); and issued the DVD Forging a Culture of Safety (Fire Engineering, 2013). He was the recipient of the 2012 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award.


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