Command and Control: ICS, Strategy Development, and Tactical Selections, Book 1, 2nd Edition

Command and Control: ICS, Strategy Development, and Tactical Selections, Book 1, 2nd Edition

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By Burton Phelps and Robert Murgallis

This book covers incident scene decision-making in depth; provides techniques to enhance a firefighter's ability to make rapid, correct decisions based on knowledge of various types of occupancies; and addresses the development of strategy and tactics and the size-up process.

This book presents the Incident Command System (ICS) from the perspective of day-to-day application. While branch operations, complex command, and area command are discussed in the book, the ICS presented in this book principally addresses those functions needed to handle the majority of incidents to which firefighters respond. Specific information common to types or groups of occupancies is presented with examples, and reader activities are included in each chapter. Occupancy specific cues, cue-based decision-making, incident management cues, and strategy and tactics are provided for each occupancy type covered in the text.


  • Chapter 1 – Introduction
  • Chapter 2 – Incident Scene Decision Making
  • Chapter 3 – Practical Application of ICS
  • Chapter 4 – Safety
  • Chapter 5 – Introduction to Building Construction
  • Chapter 6 – Single-Family Unattached Dwellings
  • Chapter 7 – Garden Apartments
  • Chapter 8 – Strip Shopping Centers
  • Chapter 9 – Vacant Commercial Buildings
  • Chapter 10 – Lumberyards
  • Chapter 11 – Small Hotels and Boarding Homes
  • Chapter 12 – Enclosed Malls
  • Chapter 13 – Transportation Incidents
  • Chapter 14 – Resource Management
  • Publisher: Fire Protection Publications
  • ISBN: 978-0-87939-455-4
  • Edition: 2nd Edition
  • Year: 2012
  • Pages: 384
  • IFSTA Item Number: 36880

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