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The Fair Haven Fire Company consists
of the following five specialized organizations, all operating under
one command structure:
Each of these units has parallel
lines of organization:
who are responsible for all aspects of their organization's operations,
including prevention, training, and policies and procedures relating
to emergency responses.
who are responsible for the business and social aspects of their
organization’s activities, including fund-raising, budget
management, members’ benefits and well-being.
You can learn more about the
history and the officers of each of these units by clicking on
the links at the bottom of this page.
unit of the Fair Haven Fire Company uses the National Incident Managment
System (NIMS), or otherwise known as the "Incident Command
System." This is where the first or highest-ranking line officer
to arrive at the scene of an emergency, assumes command of the incident,
including assessing the situation, creating an action plan and strategy,
determining what additional resources may be needed, assuring that
each member is accounted for throughout the incident, and directing
the firefighting or other emergency operations. All active members
of the Fire Company are trained in the Incident Command System procedures,
and all members are issued personal identity cards, which they must
wear during an emergency operation.
The Incident Commander is automatically
assigned according to the nature of the emergency. For example,
if the incident is a medical emergency, the First Aid Squad
Captain will assume command. If the incident
is a fire or rescue, the Fire Department Chief assumes overall
command of all units, including Fire, EMS, Fire Police and
Since the Fire Company is all-volunteer, there
may be times when the ranking line officer is not in town to assume
command. Ordinarily, the next in-line officer takes command. In
the rare occurrence when no active line officer is in town, a long-standing
protocol is used in which the former officers with the relevant
experience automatically assume Incident Command.
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