Fire ground Procedures and Command Modes. For a number of years the VRFA has used terminology on scene of an incident that was consistent with Zone 3 practices. Some of this terminology has changed; other departments in the zone have made the switch; now we are making the switch also.
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For a number of years the VRFA has used terminology on scene of an incident that was consistent with Zone 3 practices.
Some of this terminology has changed; other departments in the zone have made the switch; now we are making the switch also.
The new terminology is adopted from the Model Procedures Guide for Firefighting. In 2009 the King County Chiefs implemented the Fire ground Procedures Policy that addresses this issue.
The following slides will address only the terminology changes that are affecting the VRFA
**Note – “Rescue Mode” is not a command option
Upon arrival, an incident may not have visible indicators of a significant event. These situations generally require investigation by the first arriving company, while other responding companies remain staged. The officer of the first-in company should assume command and go with the company to investigate, using a portable radio to command the incident.
**Note – In this situation this officer may not formally establish command on the radio right away, but it is known that this first-in officer is commanding the incident in the “Investigation Mode” until relieved.
**Note – It is still appropriate to say “Nothing visible, investigating” when warranted.
Situations that require immediate action to stabilize the incident mandate the company officers assistance to carry out the critical operation. In these situations, the company officers goes with the crew to provide the appropriate level of supervision. Examples of these situations include: (See next slide)
“E-31 will be in Fast Attack mode for rescue”
“E-31 will be in rescue mode”
“E-31 will be in Fast Attack mode for offensive fire attack”
“E-31 will be in Fast Attack mode for ground ladder rescue on side C-Charley”