The Ten Command-ments Of Intelligent & Safe Fireground Operations

Mark Emery continues this series with Command-ment IX: Thou shall address three strategic priorities by supervising NINE primary phase tactical objectives.


The strategic priority Action Plan Template (APT) is an easy-to-learn tool that will quickly produce an appropriate incident action plan. A strategic priority Action Plan Template can be developed for virtually any type of incident. It's time to discuss options for supervising and managing the...


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Although no fancy action plan will do the actual work, using this structured and systematic process will ensure that you know what and where work needs to be done. Once a team is plugged into your plan (literally), that team is immediately tactically accounted for: who, what and where. Passports (and accountability) will become more that a tool for identifying missing and dead firefighters; integrated into the management and supervision of the incident, the humble passport quickly becomes an essential strategic tool that will help you manage strategy, resources and risk. Passports and accountability will become an integrated and essential component of a competently managed incident. Used in tandem with Command-ments I through VIII, you now have the ability to reinforce the strategic competence of your square-foot fireground operations.

MARK EMERY, EFO, is a shift battalion chief with the Woodinville, WA, Fire & Life Safety District. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program and an NFA instructor specialist. Emery received a bachelor of arts degree from California State University at Long Beach and is a partner with Fire Command Seattle LLC in King County, WA. He may be contacted at fci@usa.com or access his website www.competentcommand.com.

THE PRIMARY PHASE
Strategic Priorities & Commensurate Objectives RIT = SB + BU Utilities
LIFE SAFETY
Objectives
STABILIZATION
Objectives
PROPERTY
Objectives
SUPPORT
Objectives
Access/entry
FDC support
Egress/ladders
Fire extension
Traffic control
Lighting
Rehabilitation
(Add your own)
Rescue
Search and rescue
Primary search
Evacuate
Exposure
Confine
Ventilate
Extinguish
Primary salvage Water supply
THE SECONDARY PHASE
Strategic Priorities & Commensurate Objectives
LIFE SAFETY
Objectives
STABILIZATION
Objectives
PROPERTY
Objectives
SUPPORT
Objectives
Secondary search Overhaul Secondary
salvage
Rehab
Lighting
Cause and origin
Customer support
(Add your own)