How Accountable Is Your Accountability?

             One of the most important tasks that you as a command officer can do on a fire scene is to ensure that all of the personnel that arrived on scene make it back to the fire station in a safe manner. One way to do that is by...

·         Don’t get distracted – If you are the accountability officer at a large scale incident don’t critique the firefighters and don’t allow yourself to be amazed by the incident at hand.
       Remember, you cannot guarantee that all of your firefighters are going to return to the firehouse if you do not use a system that accounts for all of your personnel. The key factor to accountability systems in today’s fire department is the use of it. Practice makes perfect, so if you have accountability in your fire department make sure that it is used on every run from small scale to large-scale incidents. This could be the difference in life or death!