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TRANSITION TO COMPANY OFFICER. Arlington Fire Department Officer Development September 2000. Definition of a Company Officer. Supervises a single resource of the Fire Department Member of a Company who acts in the capacity of a Company Officer (CO). Difficult Transition.

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    1. TRANSITION TO COMPANY OFFICER Arlington Fire Department Officer Development September 2000

    2. Definition of a Company Officer • Supervises a single resource of the Fire Department • Member of a Company who acts in the capacity of a Company Officer (CO)

    3. Difficult Transition • The Company Officer’s position is one of the most important in the organization. • Promotion to Company Officer is worthy of acknowledgement.

    4. Once responsible to perform the work; now must get work performed through others.

    5. Preparation for promotion or appointment • Mastery as a firefighter • Officer development training program

    6. THE COMPANY OFFICER’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY

    7. Firefighting is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States

    8. Key Safety Behaviors • After ten years of research, Fire Chief Alan V. Brunacini of the Phoenix Fire Department, developed 25 key firefighter safety behaviors.

    9. Think (Insert fire photo)

    10. (insert photo of fire truck accident Drive Defensively

    11. Drive Slower rather than faster (insert photo of fire truck rollover)

    12. If you can’t see, STOP (insert photo of obstructed view)

    13. Don’t run for a moving rig (insert photo of FF running for rig)

    14. Always wear your seat belt (insert photo of seated, belted FF)

    15. Wear full turnouts and SCBA (insert photo of FF w/turnouts near fire)

    16. Attack with a sensible level of aggression

    17. Always work within the organizational structure - NO FREELANCING (insert photo of Command giving assignment)

    18. Keep your crew intact (insert photo of crew together)

    19. Always have a communications link to the next organizational level Insert photo Command talking on radio

    20. Don’t ever breathe smoke Insert photo of smoky area

    21. Always have an escape route Insert photo of secondary exit

    22. Never go beyond your air supply Insert photo of smoky house fire

    23. Use a big enough and long enough hoseline

    24. Evaluate the hazard - Know the risk you are taking

    25. Follow Standard Incident Procedures

    26. Vent early and vent often Insert photo of ventilation holes

    27. Provide lights for the work area

    28. If it’s too heavy, get help Photo of FF’s carrying heavy equipment

    29. Always watch your incident position Photo of FF’s around fire involvement

    30. Look and listen for signs of collapse

    31. Rotate fatigued companies -- assist stressed companies

    32. Pay attention ALL the time

    33. Everybody takes care of everybody else

    34. Large Group Activity 1.2CREW SAFETY

    35. Rapid Intervention Teams

    36. Cover of Trapped Firefighter Rapid Intervention Teams

    37. Cover of Trapped Firefighter Rapid Intervention Teams

    38. Photo of too many FF’s on ladder and second floor porch area

    39. THE COMPANY OFFICER’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT

    40. Safe and Effective Incident Operations Require: • That someone be in charge • All resources must operate within the action plan • Roles and responsibilities must be defined • The tracking of all resources

    41. Safe and Effective Incident Operations Require: • Resources assigned to a tactic or task remain intact • The Incident Commander must be able to communicate immediately

    42. Individual Activity 1.3Incident Management Assessment

    43. THE COMPANY OFFICER’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR INCIDNET MANAGEMENT (contd)

    44. The Company Officer’s Responsibility as Initial IC • Size-up • Identify strategy and select tactics • Develop incident action plan • Implement action plan • Manage incident resources and coordinate overall emergency activities

    45. Additional functional responsibilities of the IC include: • Scene Safety • Liaison with other agency representatives • Dissemination of Incident information

    46. Responsibilities When Functioning as CO • Tactical size-up • Maintain crew integrity • Maintain an awareness of conditions • Maintain immediate communications • Operate to meet assigned tactics • ALWAYS operate within the incident action plan

    47. Responsibilities When Functioning as CO • Operate within the established organizational structure • Maintain ongoing supervision

    48. What are the traits of an effective Incident Commander and Company Officer on emergency incidents

    49. Summary • Emergency operations responsibilities • Key safety behaviors • Incident management