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 emergency response and fireground tactics to provide clear direction for effective operations while maximizing the safety of both first responders and people on the scene. Planning ahead saves lives, property, and resources.
Creating An Effective IAP
All fire officers should know how to create a basic incident action plan, especially those who are most likely to be assigned as the acting incident commander on a call. You can start developing your mental assessment of a situation by answering the following questions.
- What is the risk?
- What mode of operation is best?
- What are your incident goals?
- What are your tactical objectives?
- How will you accomplish your incident objectives?
Your Benefit From Weighing The Risks
Firefighter safety starts with effective risk assessment. If people and property are not in danger, your fire incident action plan will emphasize fire crew safety above all while still meeting your goals. A thorough size up of the situation will help you accurately measure and accept the appropriate amount of risk.
Developing Your Effective Plan Of Attack
Next, incident action planning details how to approach the fire or emergency. For firefighting, are you going to send a crew in for rescue or assign apparatus to strategic points for a defensive attack? You can see why proper size up and risk assessment is a determining factor here.
Meeting Incident Goals Safely
No structure is worth the life of a firefighter. Whether your operations are straightforward or you are in an offensive or marginal mode, communication is key. You want to be able to track the situation continually and make decisions about personnel just as quickly.
Providing You With Time-Tested IAP Support Tools
At American Trademark, we provide fireground-tested incident command and accountability systems to support your emergency incident action plans. Note and communicate the most up-to-date status of any emergency with our customizable command boards. Know who is where and when to move them with our high-quality accountability tags and passport systems.
Contact us today to place your order or find out how our fire and EMS safety products can increase fireground safety and up your IAP game.
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