Episode 108 | Working Command and Situational Awareness

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Working CommandThis episode explores how situational awareness may be impacted when the first arriving officer establishes a “working command.”

Length: 32 minutes


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I get asked a lot of questions about what the first arriving company officer should do at a working structure fire. Specifically, the debate revolves around two basic premises. Should the first arriving company officer assume a fixed command position outside the structure and coordinate the activities of incoming units? Or, should the first arriving company officer assume a “working command” or “mobile command” position and engage in the firefight with their crew? This episode looks to answer that question and more.


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Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

Photo Credit
John M. Buckman III
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