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________ gives the first arriving officer options with regard to initial actions at incidents.

Command modes


_________ should be part of the command's on-scene announcement.

Command modes


NFIMSC refers to command modes as _________.

Command options


Command modes create a ________ for the fire service.

Play book


Command modes are ___________, they depend on what the officer first sees on arrival. Command modes can be used for __________________.

Most, if not all, types of incidents, not just fires


More than ____% of fire we respond to are handled with __________.

1 line or less


Three command modes

Nothing showing.
Fast attack.


The fact the first-in officer is command and is going to investigate _________________. Once units hear "nothing showing", they should _____ and not _____.

Need not be announced over the radio.

Not go up to the incident without being directed to


At majority of fires we will respond to, the first on-scene unit sees ___________. All units responding or listening know two things:

No evidence of fire.

Fire dept. unit on scene.
No apparent sign of fire at this time


In _____ mode, the officer being involved hands-on will have a __________ in the outcome of the incident. If command participates, the incident ________________ and no additional units will be needed, or their participation kept to a minimum.

Fast attack.
Definite impact.

Probably will be handled successfully


For fast attack to be effective, first in officer must consider several variables: (2)

The extent of the incident on arrival - will officer's hands-on involvement have a definite impact.
Location of other responding units - next in will establish formal command


Officer announces fast attack, units responding know 4 key things:

Fire dept. unit has arrived.
There is SOME TYPE of fire.
First in officer is joining the crew.
Next in unit must establish formal command (everyone else stage)


With __________ mode, there is a working fire.



Once command mode is used, responding units know 3 things:

Fire dept. unit has arrived.
There is a WORKING fire.
On their arrival, they should stage until directed by command


Stepped in for ego's sake and taken command, several opportunities lost: (3) (OMM)

First, opportunity to observe lower-ranking officers.
Second, opportunity to mentor those officers.
Third, takes away ability to "manage by walking around"


"Rule of thumb" for taking command

"Are the needs of the incident being met?"
Needs include: (5)
Appropriate assignments being made? Under/overcommitted?
Incident still expanding or beginning to de-escalate?
Are the needs of the occupants being addressed?
-chances are this is their first fire. Also, it has taken them by surprise.
Are needs of firefighters being met?
Final: How is staffing? Officer sent back to his crew.


When command is transferred, this action ________.

Must be announced over the radio
-identifies responsible party
-if error made, easier to identify
-IMS not a vehicle for identifying/placing blame


No one on fireground should give direction to crews except IC, with exception of __________.

Operations chief.
*you can coach, mentor or prod if necessary*


Transferring command to outside agency

Radio announcement takes all liability away


3 suggestions what to do with your crew if you are assigned to IC or given another assignment away from your crew

First, answer should come from policy.
1. Assign one of crew as acting officer and give whole crew assignment-safety and contractual may prohibit.
2. Assign them to another crew-must be stated over radio AND relayed to accountability officer ASAP. (RADIO).
3. You can use them in a command staff position
*if take command, use apparatus and staffing to the best of THEIR ability and as procedure and safety concerns allow*