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Technically, to be defined as a stage area, apparatus and personnel need to be _________ of the incident or the working area.

Within 5 minutes


Base: (2 definitions)

Wildland - where crews eat, sleep and/or rest.
High-rise - outside staging area


So in the case of high-rise fires, the ____________ is referred to as _______. The space ___________ the fire is generally referred to as ________.

Outside staging area - base.
Two floors below the fire - staging


Staging provides ___ positive actions for every incident:

Staging virtually STOPS INITIAL freelancing of incoming units
-staging will NOT STOP ASSIGNED freelancing (only training will stop that).
-Staging gives control to command (or operations).
Staging sets a CALMING TONE.
-no matter size or scope of incident, staging is used.
-allows officers to concentrate on crews.
Staging allows crews to truly LOOK IMPORTANT.
-no more rushing up to the scene.


Two types of Staging

Level I.
Level II.
Depends on level of response


Used at responses UP TO a first or regular alarm assignment.
First unit arrives and gives condition report that indicates: unit designation, address, brief conditions and the command mode used.
Officer of responding unit selects appropriate location to stage.

Level I staging


Level I staging for engine companies

Next-in engine = stage at or near hydrant.
All responding engines = at an intersection, in DIRECTION OF TRAVEL.
-unless covered by engine, go around block and inform IC.
Only exception to this is if first unit on scene is NOT an engine
-go up to fire address and stage at front of building
-stage at engine, sit in rig.


Level I staging for truck companies

Responding truck companies should position themselves at an intersection that gives them the BEST ACCESS to the front of the building
-if means driving around block, so be it.
Give truck access to front of building


Level I for squads

Can stage at nearest intersection.
If called up, can pull into driveway or somewhere off the street.
Idea is to get out of the way and not come up until called


Level I for chief officers - nothing showing

They can do what ever they want


Level I for Fast attack

First in crew participates in the incident, officer and all.
Next unit comes up and takes command.
All other units responding stage, according to guidelines


Level I for Command mode

Once someone formally takes command, all other units stage as described earlier


Level I for Still box responses

First unit goes up to scene.
Other responding units stage in a location advantageous for that type of situation and apparatus.
2 engines on alarm
-one investigates, other stages in location for supplementing system.
Engine and a truck-truck first
-truck investigates, engine in location for supplementing system.
Engine and a truck-engine first
-truck stage at nearest intersection.


Used at incidents beyond the first or regular alarm

Level II staging


The key difference between Level I and II staging is that in Level I, ________ determines the location to stage, whereas in Level II, ______ or _________ chooses the site.

The officer.
Command or operations


In Level II staging, the units responding go _______ and not _________.

To that area.
To the fire.


Level II staging can (and should) be _________ from the incident.

A block or so


____ is the placement of uncommitted apparatus and personnel at an incident. Technically, to be defined as a staging area, _____ and _______ need to be within _________ of the incident or the working area.

Apparatus and personnel.
5 minutes


Staging officer should report directly to ________ if ______________. If command has not designated an ________, the staging reports directly to __________.

Operations chief has been assigned.

Operations OFFICER.


The ___________ to report to staging should assume the duties of the staging officer.

First unit (officer)


Units dispatched to staging are __________ for another response. If concurrent incidents occurred, ________ will decide whether staged units should respond to another incident.

Not available.


Level II Staging
_______ or ______ asks for those units and unless specified, the _______ chooses them.


Staging officer


Staging officer has three basic responsibilities:

Control activities in the staging area.
Send appropriate unit(s) to the incident.
To keep command or operations informed.


Control activities in staging (1/3) staging officer

Ensure accessibility/egress.
Placement of apparatus and some sort of accountability
-units log in and out. members sent to staging stay in staging.
Units should not remain in staging for long periods of time
-assigned or sent back.
Food/restrooms not need but if so, logistics


Send appropriate units to the incident (2/3) staging officer

Command/Ops normally will not worry about individual or particular units in staging EXCEPT for specialized such as:
-aerial platforms or foam units.
Command will ask for engine, truck and so forth.
Up to staging to choose the appropriate unit


To keep command or operations informed (3/3) staging officer

Staging periodically should call operations or command and should report the status of the units available in staging


If additional units are needed, _______________ should request them.

Command and only command


Staging should be monitoring the fire incident. If the staging officer can _________ for units and knows that there may be a shortfall for those particular units, then staging should inform _______ of the status of those particular units remaining in staging

Anticipate potential requests.


When staging looks at units in staging, considers: (3)

The request made.
Units available (en route or in staging).
Anticipated future needs of the incident.


When staging officer makes decision (who to send), they should: (5)

Inform officer/person in charge (preferably face to face).
What the assignment is.
Where it is.
Whom to report to.
Special instructions on EQUIPMENT to take


Tools needed by staging officer (5)

-radio, mobile or portable
-something to write on and with
-place to sit
-an aide


Determined by command that need for staging no longer exists, a broadcast to ______________ that "staging is _______" would be useful. Announcement should be logged by _____ regardless of who makes it.

All units AND dispatch.
*doesn't say who makes announcement*