We learn the principles of incident command through the classes we take and we learn “How to Command” by experience. I’m nerdy enough to admit that I enjoy all the classes; however, I understand that sometime the classroom part can be a bit overwhelming. As we progress through 100, 200, 300 & 400 it becomes a complex bunch of information that is sometimes difficult to manage. The real problem comes if we do not or cannot couple the classroom with experience then the information can be lost for our use when it’s really needed. Lack of ICS experience is the real problem on the incident scene and failure of Command is unacceptable.
I have developed the “rules of incident command”. These are only my rules and are presented here for your information. I believe, if we do these 3 things we will nearly always be successful with command and conversely, if we do not accomplish these 3, we will nearly always fail in our command responsibilities.
Every incident is different; however, the “rules” always remain the same. This allows us to fit all that we’ve learned into each incident scene.
I would appreciate your thoughts and comments.