Improving incident command: ‘Bread and butter’ Australian approach
Fire and Rescue New South Wales’ Nicholas Ferrante reports on the methodology adopted and embedded by his service taken from the lessons learnt from an incident command research project.
Articles in last year’s corresponding edition of FIRE focusing on incident command by Tony Prosser and Dr Dave Sloggett outlined the fact that complex incidents do not always appear to be well managed by UK blue light agencies.
Whilst the evidence presented in the articles supports their conclusions, neither articles suggests that there is some impenetrable barrier to achieving improvements. If things really are as bad as the authors say, it should be a straightforward exercise to improve response procedures that are not working. However, this is only true when emergency service agencies have the will to develop clear standards for their own incident command performance and do not shy away from brutally honest self-evaluation.
Read the full article on our digital issue, pages 27-29.
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