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1 Size Up & Incident Command A Guide for Initial Command Actions

2 Initial Command Actions Will Often Determine the Future Course of the Incident

3 5 Step Method 1.Arrival 2.Report on Conditions 3.Declare Assuming Incident Command 4.Action Plan Statement 5.Resources Needed

4 1. ARRIVAL ► A Brief Statement That You Are At Scene “Camino, ____(your I.D.), At Scene” “Camino, ____(your I.D.), At Scene” ► Confirm Address or Location of Incident “2345 ______ Road”

5 2. Report On Conditions ► A Brief Description of the Incident  (What do you see?… paint a picture for Dispatch & for those listening)  Describe Occupancy Use, Building Type, or Construction ► Key Phrases Are Useful  Some Typical Key Phrases for Structure Fires: ► “Nothing Showing” ► “Smoke Showing” or “Fire & Smoke Showing” ► “Fully Involved” or % or “Room & Contents” ► “Building Evacuated”

6 Report on Conditions Continued ► Key Phrases for Wildland Incidents:  Size :“____Acres”  Rate of Spread:“Slow, Moderate, Rapid”  Fuel Type:“Grass, Brush,Timber”  Direction of Spread: “Topographical or N,S,E,W” ► Note: Indicate if Threat to Structures

7 3.Declare Assumption of Incident Command ► ECC Assigns Incident Name and Tactical Frequency / Channel ► Declare Assuming Command ► Confirm the Incident Name, On the Air:  “I Will Be _____ (Name) I.C. on Tac 9 ► Identify Location of ICP  “ICP is Located at _______”

8 When in Charge Take Charge

9 Assuming Command vs. Passing Command ► Tactical Priority Requires You Take Action Rather Than Assume Command ► Life Rescue ► Time Factors in Operations ► Limitations on Passing Command ► See District S.O.P. 201, Section IV

10 4. Action Plan ► An Initial Statement of Objectives ► Command Texts Often Refer to “Modes” ► Key Action Phrases:  “Inside to Investigate”  “Interior Attack Line with Rescue”  “Offensive”  “Defensive”

11 Action Plan continued ► Assigning Other Units In Your Plan  “Engine __, Establish Water Supply”  “Take Ventilation”  “Take the Left Flank”  “Protect Exposures”  “Set Up Traffic Control” ► Note: Think of RECEO

12 RECEO Establish Priorities ► Rescue ► Exposures ► Confinement ► Extinguishment ► Overhaul ► Salvage & Ventilation

13 5. Resources Needed ► Do you have Enough Resources?  If so, then transmit: “Can Handle with Units At Scene” Do you have Authority to Order: Additional Company’s ? Alarms? Remember: When in Charge, Take Charge

14 Staging Resources ► If You Can’t Find the Incident, Consider Staging Your Incoming Units  “Have All Units Hold Present Location” ► Useful Technique: Staging Area ► Note: If You Must Create a Staging Area  Assign a Staging Area Manager (STAM)

15 Canceling Resources ► If Not Needed, Canceling is a Valid Option ► Better to Order Too Much Than Not Enough ► Never Too Late to Cancel Resources ► You Can Always Send Them Home ► Asserting a Cancellation is a Function of Command

16 If you know a Medic Unit will Transport: “Camino, Medic 48 Committed”

17 All Risk Considerations ► Mass Casualty Incidents  Declare an MCI ► Haz Mat  Isolate, Identify, Deny Entry & Notify (S.I.N.) ► Law Enforcement  Traffic Control, Road Closure, Early Warning ► Structural Collapse  Need to Evacuate from Structure, RIC

18 Other “Nuggets” ► F.A.T.S.  Fireground Accountability Tracking System ► L.C.E.S. (Wildland and “All Risk”) ► Interface Fires with Threat to Structures:  Immediate Threat to Life & Property

19 Use of Checklists & Guides ► The 10 & the 18 ► D.O.T Guide ► F.O.G. ► ICS 201 and Other Forms ► Incident Response Pocket Guide  NFES #1077, January 2004 (See page 12)  Lots of Reference Resources for you!

20 Volunteer & Off Duty Response in P.O.V. ► Professionalism ► Cell Phone with ECC’s Phone Number ► Radio ► How to I.D. Self and Pass Information ► What Is Appropriate vs. What Isn’t

21 SUMMARY ► It All Starts With Attitude ► Preparation ► Commitment  Your Sense of Professional Courtesy  Seek Information  The Next Incident will be “Come as you are” ► Practice (and opportunity to practice ► Are you ready?

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