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									Size Up & Incident
A Guide for Initial Command
Initial Command Actions
  Will Often Determine the Future
       Course of the Incident
             5 Step Method
1.   Arrival
2.   Report on Conditions
3.   Declare Assuming Incident Command
4.   Action Plan Statement
5.   Resources Needed
              1. ARRIVAL
►A   Brief Statement That You Are At Scene

      “Camino, ____(your I.D.), At Scene”

►   Confirm Address or Location of Incident

              “2345 ______ Road”
     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”
         Report on Conditions

►Key Phrases         for Wildland Incidents:
  Size:                       “____Acres”
  Rate of Spread:             “Slow, Moderate, Rapid”
  Fuel Type:                  “Grass, Brush,Timber”
  Direction of Spread:        “Topographical or

►Note:     Indicate if Threat to Structures
      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 _______”
When in Charge

 Take Charge
      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
              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”
                 Action Plan

► 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
        Establish Priorities
   ►Salvage   & Ventilation
       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
           Staging Resources
► IfYou 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)
       Canceling Resources
► IfNot 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
If you know a Medic Unit will

  “Camino, Medic 48 Committed”
         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
              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
    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!
Volunteer & Off Duty Response in P.O.V.

► Professionalism
► CellPhone with ECC’s Phone Number
► Radio
► How to I.D. Self and Pass Information
► What Is Appropriate vs. What Isn’t
► ItAll Starts With Attitude
► Preparation
► Commitment
   Your Sense of Professional Courtesy
   Seek Information
   The Next Incident will be “Come as you are”
         (and opportunity to practice
► Practice
► Are you ready?

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