Chain of Command



The Fire Service is a "Paramilitary" organization. It patterns itself after the military in many aspects, one of the most important being "Chain of Command". It is this basic premise which allows the functions of the fire service to be carried out through a recognizable span of control as well as a common division of labor.

Firefighters always recognize the command function as well as the consequences for not following it.

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Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to recognize the Chain of Command and apply it to the many different facits of the Fire Service.
  • Introduction to "ICS" will also be utilized.

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