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Firefighters put water onto garage area as flames burn through roof of home

Size-Up Critical to Safety

Size-up should begin from the moment a call is received and should be performed by all members, not just officers and the incident commander.
Incident commander looking up at fire scene

Can You Hear Me Now?

Clear and accurate radio reports from inside the building are a tremendous asset for an incident commander. Read more from Tom Dunne.
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Podcast: Fireground Strategies (and Other Stuff from the Streets)

Anthony Avillo and Jim Duffy discuss fireground decision making and incident command.
Firefighters responding with fire out the window

Fireground Size-Up and Decision Making: The RADE Loop

Nicholas Papa looks at a decision-making model that aims to bring about a more accurate and efficient fireground size-up.

Responding to and Preparing for Acts of Violence

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All aspects of fire and EMS response to violent incidents are addressed in this interactive workshop: single-unit response to scenes of violence, multiunit/multiagency response to active shooter incidents, civil unrest, terrorism, hazardous materials response from intentional acts, incidents involving explosives, and suspicious packages. The instructor shares his experience as a sheriff deputy and a fire department company officer, case histories, and emergency response critiques to highlight course objectives and enhance learning. Strategy and tactics discussed provide guidelines and best practices for departments of any size or configuration.

Firefighters on scene at a fire in Chicago

Command Vitality

Maintaining vitality of command during incident operations will help ensure the safety of personnel and promote the success of the mission.
Anthony Avillo

Webcast: Command, Control, and Accountability

Join retired North Hudson (NJ) Regional Deputy Chief Anthony Avillo for a Webcast on fireground strategies for accountability.
Fire Department of New York officials communicate with the media

Be First, Be Right, Be Credible: Communicating During Emergencies

How fire departments manage the information stream can bolster your agency—or not. Dave Donohue on managing the information flow for emergency incidents.

Military Briefing Tools for the Fire Service

Jerry Knapp explains how the fire service can use military pointers to successfully conduct and receive briefings.
Mike Barakey

Critical Decision Making: The Single Most Important Predictor of Success

Point-to-point decision making allows the decision maker to identify and process problems; visualize the solution; and with tools, practice, and experience, choose the most direct line to connect the two.