Once a Forward Command Vehicle (FCV) arrives on scene it can take over as the control unit and the first appliance on scene can join the fire fight. The FCV is listening to both CH21 & the Fireground Chanel 1
Once the fireground has been sectorised more fire ground channels need to be utilised for each sector. Once this occurs a Command channel is also established. Bellarine Group Command Channel is 226. The Incident Controller, Sector Commanders & LCF use this Channel to talk to each other.
The following slide depicts control still being run from the fireground, and the LCF providing support to the Incident Controller.
VICFIRE Main Rd Control CH: 21 Sector A Sector N FG CH: 24 FG CH: 1 CH 226 LCF CH 226 ICP
The following slide depicts the LCF taking over communications from VICFIRE or a transfer of control taking place so control is now being run by the LCF (Now a level 2 ICC) The Operations Officer is operating from the Fireground. The Incident Control Point is now an Operations Point.
VICFIRE Main Rd Control CH: 21 Sector A Sector N FG CH: 24 FG CH: 1 CH 226 LCF CH 226 ICP CH 226 CH: 21
If another fire breaks out in the Group Area, the Group will advise which fireground channel is to be used at that fire.
If the 2nd fire turns into a fire that also requires sectorisation, the Group will advise what channels are to be used. The IC/Op’s at the 1 st fire will be given a new channel for the commanders at that fire to work on. The controllers at both fires will continue to use CH 226 to talk to the LCF.
VICFIRE 1st Fire Sector A Sector N FG CH: 24 FG CH: 1 CH 226 LCF CH 226 CH: 21 CH 77
The controllers at both fires will continue to use CH 226 to talk to the LCF. The next slide shows the complete communications plan for both Fire 1 & Fire 2 with all Communications being run out of the LCF.