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Tips For High-Rise Firefighter Safety

Face the uniquely difficult set of challenges involved in high rise firefighter safety with tips and tools from American Trade Mark. Firefighter safety is our priority, whether your fireground is in a forest or 8 floors up. Not looking forward to tackling high rise fires in hotels, motels, office buildings, and high rise apartments? Go in with more confidence and control when you’ve thought ahead and outfitted your department thoroughly. Safety Tips For High-Rise Fires The old standby for high rise...
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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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Forest Fires & Fire Scene Safety

Whether you are on a dedicated woodland fire crew or IC for a structural firefighting team that also deals with forest fires from time to time, fire scene safety is crucial. At American Trademark, we have put together some wildfire safety tips to help keep your emergency personnel safe. Wildland Fire Hazards Being unaware of the unique hazards surrounding forest fires not only puts you at a disadvantage tactically but can put your team in real danger. It’s best to treat...
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High Stress Communication Tips: Fireground & On Scene

At American Trademark we've put together some high-stress communication tips for when your crews are on the fireground or on the scene of an emergency. We offer incident commander's nationwide safety products for tracking firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders. We hope these tips help further your ability to communicate 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 communication is...
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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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Fire & EMS Incident Command Tips For Active Shooter Scenes

During a time when first responders are being asked to be prepared for more than the volleys of nature and accidents, we at American Trademark have put together some useful fire and EMS incident command tips for active shooter scenes. Mass casualty incidents on the news have evolved until we are plagued multiple times a year with reports of these mass shootings. Though unpredictable in nature, we hope lessons learned from past encounters will help us all prepare, act,...
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