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Episode 88 | Commanders in Turnout Gear

Cover Photo: John Buckman Chief Photographer – Wildfire Studios

This episode discusses whether incident commanders should wear turnout gear while commanding incidents. The answer may not be as simple as it appears.


Length: 24 minutes



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I recently read with great interest a very long thread on Facebook about whether or not an incident commander should wear turnout gear at a fire scene. As my focus and passion is improving first responder situational awareness, I would like to address this issue from that perspective.

The feedback on Facebook was, as expected, all over the place with some participants saying the commander should be in turnout gear. Some said the commander should not be in turnout gear. And some displayed the typical (and expected) distain for management and saying the chiefs should just stay in their offices. Editorial comments lacking maturity aside, the question of whether an incident commander should wear turnout gear is one field often discussed during my Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder program, so I thought I’d take the matter up here.

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

Cover Photo:

John Buckman
Chief Photographer
WildFire Studios

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