Communication is one of the most important factors of the success or struggle of emergency operations. Breakdowns in communication is one of many recurring factors in tragic incidents. Firefighters must utilize clear, concise communication to ensure everyone at an emergency operation is 'on the same page.' As they say: Communication Is Key. It is the duty of the first apparatus on scene to communicate their interpretation of the emergency. This is referred to as a Size-Up.
The Stockton Fire Department Engine Company Operations Manual states in 'Chapter 4: Size-up / Report on Conditions':
As the first in Officer, your size-up and the accompanying Report on Conditions will set the tone for the successful outcome of the incident. Your ability to paint an accurate picture will assist all responding personnel in visualizing what is taking place and how they will fit into the overall effort to bring the incident to a successful conclusion.
Stockton Firefighters utilize a C.A.N. Report: Conditions that they see (building size & type, fire & smoke showing, rescue, hazards, etc.); Actions that they are taking (attack line selection and direction, rescue operations, forcible entry, etc.); Needs that will support their operations (secondary or back-up line, water supply, traffic control, 2 in / 2 out, etc.).
This is Volume 2 of Size-Ups. Watch Volume 1: Six Minutes of Size-Ups at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yINijp2vuQc
To Our Public: Please watch and see what our firefighters must respond to on a daily basis. The Stockton Fire Department responds to 400 working structure fires a year. Stockton Firefighters must make split-second decisions that effect the saving of life, property, and the environment. This starts with the 'Size-up.' We are proud to serve and protect the citizens and City of Stockton, California.
To The Fire Service: We understand that is may be different than the way some of you do it. This way works very well for us. There are dozens of other factors that we cannot explain in the video or description (i.e. line of sight communications, pre-designated actions per arriving units, varying Command structure, etc.). We offer this only as a training tool, for our own and for who ever else would like to use it. We thank you for your views, support, feedback, and comments. Comments that contain profanity, incite controversy, or are intended to 'troll' will be deleted. We can not express enough that this video is intended to educate the public on what Stockton Firefighters must encounter- not host a platform for people to argue about personal issues or the fire service. We reserve the right to delete comments as we see fit.