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What is PAR

Personnel Accountability Report

  • a formal accounting system for the location, status, and condition of each crew assigned to an incident



What are the 7 key Issues addressed by ICAW

  1. Accountability
  2. Outline of emergency site plan
  3. Plan of attack
  4. Progress
  5. Available resources
  6. Transfer of Command
  7. Final report



What are the 4 Command priorities of Fire Command

  • Safety
  • Rescue
  • Fire Control
  • Salvage



What are the Ten Command functions?

  1. Assume and effective command position and confirm operations
  2. Rapidly size up the situation
  3. Initiate, maintain and control the communications process
  4. Identify the overall strategy and develop an attack plan and assign crews
  5. Develop an effective fire ground organizaton
  6. Provide continuing command within the framework of departamental SOP's and SOG's
  7. Coordinate Transfer of Command as required
  8. Review, evaluate, and revise attack plan as required
  9. Request and assign additional crews as required
  10. Terminate operations/command and return crews to service



First arriving officer shall:

Assume Command



What are the benchmarks required for each event?

  1. Primary Search complete
  2. Fire Under Control
  3. Secondary Search complete
  4. Fire Out



In an escalating event who assumes the role of Incident Commander?

Second arriving District Chief



When must PAR be provided?

  • When entering a building
  • When exiting a building
  • Whenever command asks for it



When do you have PAR?

When you can TOUCH, SEE, or HEAR your crew members



List and describe the levels of organization on the fire ground

  • Strategic levels
    • Command functions
  • Tactical levels
    • Sector functions
  • Task levels
    • tasks of the firefighters within a sector



When does 'Fast Attack' mode cease?

  • Incident is stabilized
  • The crew is forced to withdraw due to hazardous conditions
  • Incident command is transferred


Should fast attack fail, IC must leave the building and establish a stationary command post or transfer command.



What information is included in the initial report?

  • Unit identification
  • Size up
  • Summary of Fire/emergency conditions
  • Initial Plan of Action
  • Identify who is assuming fire command
  • Where Fire command is located



Who assumes the role of Safety Officer?

First arriving District Chief


What are the advantages of the Incident Command System?

  • Flexible for any size emergency
  • Systematic approach lessens confusion
  • Allows for informed decisions
  • Deployment of resources is easier
  • Provides accountability for all resources



Define Incident Commander


The person with the over all responsibility and authority for the management of second or multiple alarm incidents


The I.C. is responsible for supplying resources to assist the Fire Commander



Describe 'Command Mode'

First arriving officer remains Staged at the apparatus, assuming Incident Command: assigning tasks to unit personnel, communicating with other responding units, and adapting the Incident Action Plan as needed.


Define Fire Commander

  • The person with the overall responsibility to manage dispatched resources at an emergency event
  • This person is responsible for developing the initial strategy, determining tactical priorities, and assigning personnel to sectors for the successful mitigation of the emergency



What are the Three modes of Command?

  • Command mode
  • Mobile Command
    • Nothing Showing
    • Fast Attack



Describe the Mobile Command mode: Nothing Showing

  • The officer performs a reconnasissance and directs the other responding units to level 1 staging
  • Ability to transfer command to next incoming officer



What is the primary objective of the ICS?

Management of assigned resources for the effective and efficient control of any emergency regardless of size or complexity


Describe Reconnaissance factors, to gain information:

Information received from other officers on the scene, or others assigned specifically to get the information requested by command.

  • Crews inside the structure relay fire, smoke and heat information
  • Info gathered by crews from occupants exiting the structure, bystanders, and other non-departmental services involved in the event



How should Command be transfered?

Face to Face



When will Fire Command/ Incident Commander terminate the incident?

When incident no longer requires any EFRS resources


Describe the two types of Staging

  • Level 1 
    • Initially dispatched units may report their location to FC
    • FC may request up to 2 additional units before upgrading to a 2nd alarm
  • Level 2
    • First arriving officer @ level 2 staging area becomes Staging Officer
    • FC will request additional crews directly through staging officer
    • Crews identified as major/ minor crews



What information is requred for Transfer of Command?

  • Current attack plan
  • Deployment of crews
  • the Effectiveness of attack
  • the need for additional crews
  • ICAW



What questions must teh Fire Commander ask to provide Continuing Command?

  • Is command established
  • What is the effect of the implemented stragegy and tactics
  • Are sectors able to accomplish their tasks
  • Is the plan still effective
  • Do I know where my personnel are (PAR)
  • Should the plan be changed
  • How long will this event continue
  • Does this plan follow department SOP and SOG's



Define: Strike Team

A combination of a number of units that are all of the same type and purpose


Define: Task Force

Combination of single resources within the span of control amassed for a task


Define a single resource

Personnel, vehicle, and/or equipment is considered a single resource


Describe a Hold-In-Place strategy

Initiated when safety is uncertain and immediate evacuation must be initiated ( ie: bomb threat)


Describe a Defensive Exterior Attack

Inititated when fire conditions are unsafe to entre the structure.  Lives are not threatened, and/or the property is un-savable


Describe an Offensive Interior attack

Initiated when Fire conditions are reasonably safe to do so

  • Fire conditions must be closely monitored nothing the position of interior crews
  • Preparations must be made to quickly switch to a defensvie exterior attack



List the strategic choices available to Fire Command

Offensive Interior attack

Defensive Exterior attack

Hold-In-Place non-attack


Describe Visusal factors for gaining information

Information Fire Command can see from the Command Post

  • Type of building
    • construction, occupancy, obvious outside hazards
  • Location, volume, density, velocity and colour of smoke coming fom the structure
  • Weather



Describe the mobile command mode: Fast Attack

The first arriving officer assuming command directs their personnel in an offensive attack to bring the fire quickly under control.


What are three methods to gain information on the Fire ground

  • Visual factors
  • Reconnaissance factors
  • Pre-fire assessment factors



Describe Pre-Fire assessment factors for gathering information


Pre-fire planning information that is determined in advance of the incident

  • Life hazards
  • numbers and locations of occupants
  • access to the structure
  • Floor plans
  • nature of interior and exterior exposure