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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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5 Strategies For EMS Safety

American Trade Mark knows what it means to develop strategies for EMS safety. Our years of experience working as first responders - and with them - has taught us many things to add to our knowledge box when it comes to emergency management and safety strategies. Embrace Progress Over Perfection It would be impossible to prevent all the issues that may compromise the safety of your team. A better strategy may be to work towards reducing the number of incidents overall....
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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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Firefighter Tags Limit Chemical Exposure

Limit chemical exposure hazards in your firefighters with accountability tags from American Trade Mark. Knowing who is where when dangerous health hazards are uncovered is essential. You want to make sure everyone is aware and prepared. We offer these easy-to-use tools to fire departments nationwide to help keep your first responder crews safe. Firefighter Tags? Firefighter accountability tags help keep track of who is onsite and where they are during a call. The first apparatus to arrive becomes the safety check-in point....
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9 Safety Tips For Firefighter Survival

Improve your firefighter safety and survival rates with these nine tips from American Trade Mark. We all wish we could prevent line of duty deaths (LODDs) and unnecessary injuries in our first responders 100% of the time. These tips and tricks will hopefully help improve your tactics no matter if you are battling a barn fire, house fire, or a wildland-urban interface. Firefighter Survival Tips & Tricks Better firefighter survival and rescue tactics start with better firefighter safety training. Browse our...
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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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