Hi all -
I'm wondering who out there uses Truck names (E1, E2, E3) in their ICS specifically in regards to accountability and who uses task names (Interior Attack team 1, etc). Our leadership is somewhat divided on this and I'd like to see how others are using the system and any source documentation that you may have from FIMA, NIMS, etc.
What do you think?
I have been in Departments that do both.
First, old dept. identified by apparatus number (E44, L62) and then by position/assignment (nozzle, back-up, can, OV, roof, etc.). "E4 officer to command..." "62 OV to E4 Control...". SOP called for the assignments by arrival. 1st, 2nd, 3rd due Engine, 1st 2nd due Truck. You knew from the firehouse what you were doing and where you were going and what tools you need for your job. No fire ground is predictable but every fire has tasks that must be completed. In a paid Dept. you know what you have and can do assignments at roll call. On the Volly side you can have seat assignments and priority so tasks are covered. You know who you are talking to and a general idea of where they are operating without having to add that to the report.
New Dept. we are using NIMS type assignments (common in this part of the country) and I see it adds more confusion than organization. I feel we are all assigned to extinguishment if we are on the fire ground. Throw in sector commanders, divisions and group leaders and now everyone has a title and some inter need to yak on the radio.