2-1 Incident command
Successful emergency scene operations require the application of an effective command system.
An effective incident command system has a dramatic effect on efficiency, effectiveness of response and firefighter safety in all situations.
The lack of a strong, clear and identifiable incident command system may adversely affect the outcome of emergency scene operations and place firefighters in needless danger.
Actions for employers
- train all personnel in incident command
- develop and implement an incident command system supported by operational guidelines, training, post incident analyses and regular review and revision
- implement the key concepts of crew accountability, safety officers, sectoring and crew rotation to increase firefighter safety
- require use of an incident command system during all incidents
Applicable regulations and acts
- Occupational Health and Safety Act
- clause 25(2)(a) for providing information and instruction to a worker
- clause 25(2)(h) for taking every precaution reasonable to protect workers