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Under normal circumstances, the _________ determines location of the command post

Incident commander
-in or near their vehicles
-single-family structure fire, near first-in unit
*extremely important for command to remain at CP for MAJORITY of incident*


Location of command post generally depends on ______________. ________ then determines the location.

The type of command used.


_______ means that command is leaving the command post for a short period of time. The fact that command is going mobile should be _______________.

Going mobile.
Announced over the radio


4 reasons for command "going mobile"

Talk to occupants.
Check on status of injured civilians/personnel.
Begin origin and cause.
Quickly check the status of EXTERIOR fire areas
*upon returning, command should announce over radio*


3 command posts



Command posts vary in location, size and complexity according to: (3)

Type of command.
Needs of incident at the time it's established.
Potential for the incident to expand


With _______, it is expected that command officers will be at a location remote from their vehicles.
The location of the command post should be one from which you will be able to ________.

Mobile command posts.
Focus on the whole incident.


The key characteristic of this command post is that there's no specific location for a command post AND that the IC will be away from the vehicle or other more traditional locations for the command post.

Mobile command post


When using _______, command must announce its location IF IT'S NOT OBVIOUS.

Mobile command posts


Used at normal single-family and multifamily dwelling fire and small commercial structure fires.
Used where formal command is established but the needs of the incident are relatively small (normal residential or larger multivehicle or traffic accidents)

Stationary command posts.
*Normally around first-in engine*


4 Reasons for command post to be moved

Provide a better view of at least TWO sides.
Move CP from smoky/hazardous atmospheres.
Provide location were command is more able to step back and focus on entire incident.
Provide new location that is a more logical site for other arriving members and outside entities


Stationary command posts tend to be _________ and are intended to be ____________________. When using stationary command post, it is more likely for command to ______________.

Less formal.
Visited by a minimum number of entities.
Go mobile and leave post unattended for short periods of time


__________ are used where formal command is established by the needs of the incident are relatively small.

Stationary command posts


____________, a necessity at multiple-alarm incidents, is more structured than the stationary command post and should be more __________.

Formal command post.


Used at large incidents where FORMAL or UNIFIED command has been established.

Formal command posts


It is expected that the formal command post will always be occupied at least by:



Type of command post and type of command

Informal command = mobile CP.
Formal command = stationary OR formal CP.
Unified command = formal CP (under roof, lights, comm.).
Area command > individual areas = mobile, stationary, or formal
> main area command post = formal command (as many amenities as possible)


Under ________, more than one officer has responded and one officer must establish command and run the incident. A command post, which should be _______, should be established.
* Depending on the situation, under _______, a ______ or ________ command post will be required*

Formal command.

Formal command.
Stationary OR formal


A ______________, under a roof with appropriate lighting and communications, should be used under ________ command. The uniform and civilian personnel representing command _____________ at the command post.

Large, formal command post.

Will want to make their presence known


Command posts should be situated in the _____________ for focusing on the whole incident.

Most advantageous location


The ________ the incident, the _________ the command post should be.

Farther away


At a major fire, it may be advisable for _________ to be ________ that they cannot _____________, such as in the case of a _________.

Command officers (in the command post).
So removed from the incident.
View the structure involved.
High-rise fire


3 command staff members not always at the CP
(8 positions)

Safety-wherever the incident dictates.
Logistics-usually at CP but may leave for short periods.
Information officer-at a location remote from BUT within walking distance of the CP


Area in which command is expected to operate

Command post