As reported in Firegreezer;
A VELARDE, NEW MEXICO, VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEF came unglued at a brush fire Tuesday and began telling the fire units on the scene to pack up and leave it to burn. The Associated Press is reporting that Velarde was screaming and calling in reports that people were trapped and to send more units when the fire wasn't anywhere near any structures. Then he called for a mass evacuation of the area around the 3-acre fire.
Deputies with the Rio Arriba County Sheriffs Department say they tried to tell Velarde to calm down repeatedly as he challenged them to arrest him. At that point they did and the ranking deputy took over the fire scene. The fire was extinguished 15 minutes later
What would you do if the IC suddenly lost it or was giving bad orders?
Me, I would get the other officers together and see if they felt the same way. If they did I would notify the IC that I or the ranking officer would take command then notify Fireboard.
We had a mutual aid situation years ago and there was an arguement over who was in charge. Station 1 got there first but knew it was Station 2's district but then station 7 self dispatched and took over the scene because they said it was thier district. (station numbers are examples to protect the guilty)
The issue was that it was a little corner of their district that was miles away from thier firehouse surrounded by Station 2's district. Station 2 usually handled anything in the area but since it was work they (station 7) wanted to be in charge.
I had a line in the rear when these FF asked if he could see the line. so I gave it to him and he took it back around front. I go to the front and 4 other stations are packing up and leaving. Never seen anything like that before or since.