Evans, John. A command system for fire investigators. American Fire
Journal. Vol 48 No 3 (March 1996). p 18-21.
Abstract: This article discusses the use of an incident management
system during an on-scene fire investigation.
The incident management system used for fire investigations can be the
same as that used for emergency operations. It will fulfill the same needs
as those identified during an fire, such as provide centralized command,
help in the decision-making process, provide for personnel safety, provide
a structured environment in which everyone can operate.
The components of the incident management system are identified, as well
as the tasks.
The incident management system will also allow for multiple agencies
to operate together effectively.
The configuration of the incident management system involves three levels:
strategic, tactical and task.
The author describes the divisions, groups and sectors that would be
involved in a fire investigation, as well as the roles and responsibilities
of various people such as the safety officer, liaison officer an public
The author then continues to describe how the system can be expanded
to accommodate the needs at a large-scale incident involving a number of
different organizations and functions.
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