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Building an Incident Command Team – Long Lake, MN

January 12, 2019 - January 13, 2019


Hosted by the Long Lake Fire Department
340 Willow Drive Long Lake, Minnesota
January 12-13, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:00PM

About the program:

All fire departments, regardless of structure size will struggle with span of control issues. This happens most often when departments get comfortable and even complacent by relying on one individual to be managing the incident without any help. Most of the time the incident commander has no one to hand off any aspect of the incident. It is often said “what you don’t give a away, you own…” That also applies to fireground. The incident commander is getting overwhelmed and there is no one to hand anything off.

 If we look closer at the dilemma we realize there are some simple solutions. In career departments this is often solved by requesting an additional chief or even the recall of the administrative officers. Another solution is to have mutual aid chief officers responded automatically on an incident. In doing so, officers support each other on every call. The benefits to this are immense. Rather than waiting for fire to grow to two or three alarms and then hope another chief officer may arrive, creating a command team on all routine incidents will provide familiarity with operations and lessen the likelihood of critical information being missed or mishandled.

In this program, we will help you build your incident command team. There really is no right or wrong way to do this. Instead, it will be a compilation of best practices adapted to your locale to make this system work. After the details are framed out, it’s time to put it in practice. Under the leadership of one of our command instructors, we will mentor students as they manage foreground incidents benefiting from command teams.

Ron Richards
A PA State Fire Instructor, Chief Richards has over 40 years of experience in both career and volunteer fire services serving as Fire Chief in three departments. Chief Richards worked 27 years in various capacities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having served as a Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Fire and Safety Specialist and Fire Instructor. He retired after his final assignment where he was responsible for coordinating and implementing ICS and NIMS to over 14,000 emergency responders. Chief Richards serves on the NFPA Technical Committee 1250 “Recommended Practice in Emergency Service Organization Risk Management” and the 1201 Technical Committee “Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the Public”. He graduated from the State University of NY with a B.S. in Fire Service Administration. He is the founder of and the President of Task Force, 1, Inc.

Mo Davis
Maurice “Mo” Davis is a 23-year veteran with the city of Houston Fire Department, currently assigned to D-68 as a District Chief, the busiest chief car in the city. Previously he served as a Senior Captain on a heavy rescue, one of three rescue trucks for the city of Houston. He also spent much of his career as a senior captain on L-46 one of the top five busiest trucks in Houston and served as a Captain on E-46 the leader in the city in working fires and responses. Mo served as a training officer for the Houston Fire Department, he also served as a district training officer to new hires. While he specializes in technical rescue, his passion is sharing leadership, strategy and tactics information with new and upcoming officers. He had served an adjunct professor at San Jacinto Jr. College in the fire protection division. Currently holds a MS degree from University of Houston.

For Details Contact Lt. Scott Spinks (651)247-0359


January 12, 2019
January 13, 2019
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Long Lake Fire Department


Long Lake Fire Department
340 Willow Drive
Long Lake, MN United States
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