Who do you allow to be Incident Commanders at fires and other incidents?
· Are there training/education requirements for your Incident Commanders?
· Are there requirements for your Division/Group Supervisors, Branch Managers etc?
· How about Safety Officers?
When a higher-ranking Chief arrives, does he/she take over command? What if they are an administrative or staff Chief?
For the small/mid-size departments……when a mutual aid Chief responds to your fires and other incidents, is it the Fire Chief of another department? Or…..do Battalion/District Chiefs respond?
The point is…….Who do we (the greater fire service) want to have responding as Chief Officers on our multiple alarm fires and other large or complex incidents? Do we want to continue with Fire Chiefs, Staff Chiefs that may or may not (most likely not) remain current with training, incident management.. and so on and so on…….OR…….do we want to move away from politics and egos and do what is right and ask for and send Battalion/District Chiefs or Operational Deputy Chiefs (add your own appropriate title)?
Does it make sense to have the most qualified person or the highest ranking person respond and assign them to critical operational positions such as Safety, RIT Chief, Division/Group Supervisors etc….?
What are your thoughts, please include some background on your department and area environment (urban, suburban, rural).
Thanks in advance,