Across the country and around the globe command posts are located in different places based on culture, tradition, incident type, and personal comfort. No command style is 100% the right one to use 100% of the time.
This article also explore my thoughts on choosing the style of command to employ based on the incident priorities, the depth on the bench of your alarm assignments, and support command staff.
When the chief arrives first due with a three person suburban staffed fire company, the chief is 25% of the initial contribution to successfully mitigate the incident. It’s critically important to size up how you, as the fireground commander will initially command and operate on the fireground.
The incident command post needs to have some flexibility to fit the specific scope of the incident. Hence, the intended design of the incident command system as a tool to manage an operation small or large, and maintain a reasonable span of control.
Whether initially operating in a fixed location, or providing initial tactical support until more companies and staffing arrive, the fire ground commander may have to scale up, and then scale down their tactical incident involvement.
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