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Building an Incident Command Team – Athens, PA

January 25 - January 26


Building an Incident Command Team
Hosted by the Athens Borough Fire Department
2 S. River Street Athens, PA
January 25-26, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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.

All fire departments, regardless of structure size will struggle which 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 away, you own…” That also applies to fireground. The incident commander is getting overwhelmed and there is no one to hand anything off.

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.

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 fireground incidents benefiting from command teams.

Lead Instructor: Michael Prete, Assistant Chief,  Montgomery Co. (MD) Fire-Rescue, (ret.)
Mike retired as the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services. With over 35 years of experience, he served as the Executive Chief. In addition to his role directly relating to fire and rescue operations, he managed daily operational and administrative issues including budget, daily oversight for 1100 full time personnel.  He served as a Safety Officer at the Pentagon site following the 9/11 attack. With national and state instructor certifications, he served as an adjunct instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, and Anne Arundel Community College. He currently is a lead instructor for Task Force 1, Inc.

For additional Information: Chief Mike Polzella


Athens Borough Fire Department


Athens Borough Fire Department
2 River Street
Athens, PA United States
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