Podcast #33: Pyrocumulus Clouds, The Six P’s and Safety on the Modoc July Complex Fire


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Dave Welch is a 24 year veteran of the Rohnert Park Police Department (Department of Public Safety) and has been with Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District in Sonoma County where he’s currently a part time battalion chief. He’s serving as a Type I and Type II safety officer on the Modoc July Complex fire in Modoc County, California.


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Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District

Modoc July Complex on InciWeb

Levels and Types of ICS Management

Type 5: (very small wildland fire only)

  • Initial attack
  • Short duration, seldom lasting into the next burn period
  • Few resources assigned (generally less than 6 people)
  • Little complexity

Type 4

  • Initial attack or first response to an incident
  • IC is “hands on” leader and performs all functions of Operations, Logistics, Planning, and Finance
  • Few resources are used (several individuals or a single strike team)
  • Normally limited to one operational period
  • Does not require a written Incident Action Plan (IAP)
  • Examples: Search & Rescue (SAR), motor vehicle accidents, small fires

Type 3

  • Extended initial attack on wildland fires
  • IC walks the line between a manager and a ‘doer’
  • Resources may vary from several single resources to several task forces or strike teams
  • Some Command/General Staff positions (ie, Division Supervisor, Unit Leader), may be filled
  • May extend into another operational period (12 hours), and require an IAP
  • Examples: Larger SAR’s, law enforcement incidents, special events, technical rescues, fires

Type 2

  • IC spends all time being a manager
  • Most Command and General staff positions are filled
  • Large number of resources utilized
  • Incident extends into multiple operational periods
  • Base camp(s) established
  • Significant logistical support is required
  • Examples: Major fires, VIP visits, lengthy search and rescues, law enforcement incidents, multi-day special events

Type 1

  • All functions are filled, plus leaders, branches etc.
  • Multi-agency and national resources
  • Large number of personnel and equipment are assigned to the incident
  • It is a large, complex incident
  • Examples: A major Incident—hurricanes, very large fires, natural disasters

Dave’s 6 P’s

  1. Proper
  2. Planning
  3. Prevents
  4. Piss
  5. Poor
  6. Performance

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