Fire Accountability & Incident Command

Tools For Coordinating Emergency Response

Track departments and communicate more efficiently with tools for coordinating emergency response from American Trade Mark. When multiple departments get involved on high-stress scenes, you want to be as prepared as possible. Preplanning and the proper gear may give you the edge you're looking for. Clear Communication Is Essential For maximum safety and swift action, you need to know who is where, what your resources are, and to be able to quickly communicate changes as your scene evolves. The same concept...
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Better Incident Command In The Wildland Urban Interface

As fires in the wildland-urban interface continue to rise, so do the demands on structural-based fire departments to face these challenging environments. At American Trade Mark, we want to better equip incident commanders and their fire crews for the unique circumstances that arise in the WUI. Unique Challenges Of The WUI The balance between firefighter safety and fire suppression priorities becomes even more challenging during wildland-urban firefighting. The incident commander has to not only accurately record the status of the scene...
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Reducing First Responder Stress With Incident Command

We want to help incident commanders find ways to reduce firefighter stress with tips and tools from American Trade Mark. With traumatic and destruction situations always one call away, it's no wonder awareness about first responder mental health and instances of firefighter PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) has increased. Fortunately, critical incident stress management starts with incident command. Tips For Incident Commanders Prevention is the best remedy for many adverse health effects in first responders, including mental health issues. Using incident command...
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Incident Commander Tips For Volunteer Firefighters

As a nationwide provider of firefighter accountability and incident command equipment, American Trade Mark understands that approaches to fireground command can be as unique as the departments managing these situations. Volunteer fire departments are often the most distinct being made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and talents. We’ve put together some basic tips to help the volunteer firefighter in an impromptu IC position. Tip 1 - Be Ready To Command When your crew is the first to arrive...
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Future Advancements Of Incident Command Systems

Before diving head first into the latest and perceived greatest, at American Trade Mark, we want you to know that there are many other considerations to think about for today’s incident commanders. With new technologies permeating every aspect of life, from thermostats to wearable health gear, many of us look forward to future advancements in incident command systems. New Incident Management Technologies Emergency response, asset tracking, accountability, incident recording, and more are promised by many of today’s computer-based incident command systems....
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History Of Incident Command & Firefighter Safety

Incident command and firefighter safety have come a long way since Benjamin Franklin’s 1736 bucket brigades. By examining the 100-year history of real progress in how we track fires, firefighters, and other emergency personnel on all types of scenes, we can see the difference that modern tools, like those from American Trademark, can make. The Early 1900’s - In Military Mode As described in documents dating back to 1916, early fire leadership operated in a military-style chain of command. This worked...
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Incident Action Plans For Fire Scenes & Emergency Response

Don’t get caught off guard on your next emergency response call. At American Trade Mark, we’ve put together tips to help you create a strong incident action plan. We want to be prepared for every fire scene, natural disaster, or other call for help. Find out how planning ahead and making use of the best tools in the business can keep your crew safe. What Is An Incident Action Plan? An incident action plan (IAP) weighs the risk and benefits of...
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High-Stress Fireground Communication

At American Trademark we've put together some high-stress fireground communication tips for when your crews are on the scene of a fire or other emergency. We offer incident commander's nationwide, safety products for tracking firefighters, EMTs, resources, and other first responders. We hope these tips help further your ability to communicate effectively and safely. The Importance Of Emergency Communication Being the incident commander isn’t easy. You keep your crewmembers accounted for and out of harm's way on the scene. Organized and clear...
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Emergency Management – How Command Boards Save Lives

At American Trademark, we understand that to run an effective emergency response team it takes tremendous dedication, perseverance, and organization. So, we provide command boards and accountability tools to help EMS incident commanders organize and coordinate. When any type of first responder group uses a personnel accountability board effectively, that organization can potentially improve response times, outcomes, prevent confusion, and even save lives. Using Command Boards For Many Types Of Emergencies Our command boards have been used effectively by fire departments for...
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Tips For Accountability Officers

At American Trademark, we've put together a list of useful tips for accountability officers. You know us as a reliable source for the tools incident commanders need to get the job done right. Incident command systems are critical to maintaining safety on the fire scene. This approach falls apart when not appropriately implemented or when crews don't cooperate. Here are some tips on how to use the resources available to easily and effectively track your personnel. Efficient, Effective ICS Implementation Establish...
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