LLIS Lesson Learned: Incident Command: Locating the Incident Command Post   [open pdf - 51KB]

From the Summary: "Incident command posts should be located close enough to allow the incident commander (IC) to observe operations but far enough away to provide safety and shelter from the noise and confusion that accompanies normal operations. A command vehicle is often ideally suited for this purpose." From the Description: "At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2003, sparks from a pyrotechnic display ignited the ceiling of the Station Club in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The fire rapidly throughout the building, and within minutes flames engulfed the entire structure. A police officer who was working a security detail at the Station Club that night made the first emergency notification at 11:07 p.m. The intensity of the blaze, combined with the number of victims who needed to be treated and evacuated from the scene, required a massive response. Approximately 575 fire, police, and emergency medical personnel from over 35 agencies responded to the incident."

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