The On Scene Report

It has been said for years that a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, the on scene report should paint a picture for all units responding to the incident without using a thousand words.It has been said for years that a picture is worth a...


You might be dispatched on a single engine company response for EMS at the scene of an MVA. The information received by the 911 operators never indicated that a possibility of people trapped existed. Upon arrival you receive information that two people are trapped in one of the vehicles. The need for a rescue company and power hydraulic tools exists. Radio these needs to the dispatcher and set up your command structure to handle this incident.

The "On Scene Report" is very important to a successful operation. If we remember these three key elements of that report:

  • What have I got
  • What am I doing
  • What do I need

Operations should run smoothly and the responding units will have a good picture of what is taking place at the incident.

This is an example of what an "On Scene Report" might look like. See if you can paint a picture of the activities being performed and ask yourself, what will be required of my company?

Here is a short and to the point report covering the three key elements of an "On Scene Report."

"Engine 9 is on location. I have a working fire in a two and a half story wood frame; there is heavy smoke and flames coming from the second floor windows of the building on the 'B' side. I have a report that all the occupants are accounted for. Engine 9 has a water supply and will be advancing a hose line to the fires location. I?ll need ventilation and a R.I.T. team established. Engine 9 will be assuming Command."