Doug Bedell — September 27, 2019, 10:51 am

Emergency Responders: ‘Pick Your Command Vehicles Carefully’


Something emergency response pros probably already know, but Dr. Randall W. Hanifen, a fire department shift captain, adds his take on incident command vehicles for emphasis.

On the In Public Safety blog, Dr. Hanifen advises “Make sure your incident command vehicle meets your needs.” An incident commander works from a command vehicle.

“Several types of vehicles — cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — are commonly used as command vehicles for battalion chiefs or shift captains.

“Each vehicle has advantages and disadvantages. So it is important to understand each vehicle type to ensure proper use of resources.”

Dr. Hanifen discusses the subject for cars, trucks, SUVs and vans.

“The most important aspect of choosing an incident command vehicle is to remember your limitations,” he writes. “Don’t expect to run a four-alarm fire and defensive planning from the front seat of a small car, unless you can process operations, planning and logistics simultaneously.”

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