Coffee Break Training: Transforming Your Department's Response with Electronic Pre-Incident Planning   [open pdf - 346KB]

"Pre-incident plans (such as site plans, floor plans, hazardous materials (hazmat) information, lists and locations of persons with special needs, structure and construction types, hydrant and Geographic Information System (GIS) maps, utility shutoff locations, etc.) are designed to maximize performance at any response. They familiarize first responders with the critical building features they need to reduce risk for themselves and the citizens they protect, in addition to mitigating potential property damage. Not only does International Fire Code (1408.2) require any building under construction to have a full prefire plan, but National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1620, Recommended Practice for Pre-Incident Planning states that 'a pre-incident plan is one of the most valuable tools available for aiding responding personnel in effectively controlling an emergency.' The impact that an up-to-date and readily accessible preplan has on command is immeasurable. In addition to aiding situational awareness and deployment, a first responder who has pre-incident plan information is better prepared to handle the intangibles that any incident might present. Pre-incident plans and the critical facility information they contain should reflect current conditions. Thorough pre-incident planning is a great deal more than compiling a binder of old drawings and plans. It's about information gathering and analysis, an application of possible scenarios for planning, training, review, and, in the event of an incident, application."

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Coffee Break Training - Fire Prevention and Public Education Series No. FM-2012-1
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