|Source: US Forest Service|
Ever wonder how all those firefighters, engines, water tenders, bulldozers, and aircraft arrive so quickly and launch into intense work to corral wildfires?
There is a system in place used across all emergency services agencies in the United States to ensure emergency operations (wildfires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, terror attacks, etc.) are managed effectively. It is called the Incident Command System (ICS).
ICS ensures that these inherently dangerous jobs are managed with common terminology and procedures that help protect the health and safety of both emergency responders and the public. ICS makes sure that the infrastructure needed to support these firefighters is also mobilized to support not only the firefighters but all personnel that are needed in the efforts to protect our natural resources and the communities surrounding them. Read more here.