The potential for a large-scale incident is always present in the fire service. The big alarms aren't confined just to the major population centers. Natural disasters, fires, terrorist attacks, and airplane crashes can occur in any community - day or night. To remain ready for them, it's vital that firefighters practice incident management, not only at the large incidents, but for the everyday calls as well.
In Managing Major Fires, Skip Coleman details how fire departments of any size should deal with second and third alarms or mutual aid fires.
First, he discusses the organization and structure that should be present within any department to handle the bigger fires. Later chapters deal with fighting fires in specific occupancy types. As always, safety, basics, and common sense are stressed.
Unlike most texts, Coleman's scenarios and case studies are applicable to small, medium, and large departments. Company officers, battalion chiefs, and deputy/division chiefs will all benefit from the experience and wisdom found in Managing Major Fires.
In this text Coleman covers: Accountability at major fires; Managing the mayday; Resource allocation; Construction features; Scenarios written for every size of department.