MAJOR FIRE CHECKLIST
 

Primary Agency: Fire Department / Incident Commander
Support Agencies: Emergency Management
  Sheriff / Law Enforcement
  Fire Marshal
  Department of Public Health
  Emergency Medical Service
  Public Information Officer
  Rescue
  Others as required
   
 
Also see Fire Protection Annex
  Damage Assessment Annex

 

Planning
 
Ensure the public is well informed regarding fire potential, especially during drought conditions.
Coordinate with fire departments regarding response capability and the resources they will need to fight such fires.
Coordinate with state and federal fire fighting agencies as appropriate. Acquire planning assistance from the Fire Marshal.
Coordinate with local planning boards and inspections departments regarding building codes and code enforcement to minimize damages that might occur from major fires.
Conduct hazard analysis of vital facilities and the impact of a major fire on one or more of those facilities.
Encourage such facilities to
incorporate fire plans and evacuation plans in their respective emergency plan.
Ensure fire departments have conducted inspections and pre-plans.
Coordinate with local broadcast media to ensure timely and accurate Emergency Alert System activation.
Determine the availability of shelters and obtain shelter agreements if the Red Cross has not.
Coordinate with Red Cross, public agencies and/or the Salvation Army for shelter operations.
 
Response
 

Establish incident command if not already established by fire service.
Identify immediate action or response requirements.
Immediately carry out those action requirements necessary to preserve life and/or property, including the deployment of required resources.
Activate the EOC as appropriate.
Organize or establish the EOC, based on operational procedure.
Issue alert and warning based on procedure, as warranted.
On order, evacuate effected areas with assistance from response or predetermined evacuation forces.
Establish communications with responding agencies.
Establish communications with Fire Marshal and/or fire scene commander.
Establish traffic control and security with law enforcement.
Through communications with responding agencies determine as quickly as possible:
 

Number of killed or injured (if any)
General boundary of the effected area
The general extent of fire and exposures
The general extent of traffic route disruption
Immediate needs of response forces
If voluntary evacuations of the population have begun
Location of any congregate care area established

Coordinate with the fire scene commander for information.                                                                       
Evaluate overall county situation.
Establish communications with the State.
Establish communications with and request a liaison from state transportation and electric and gas utilities as necessary.
Establish communications with area schools, and/or businesses that might be affected.
Establish ongoing reporting from the response forces, private agencies and utilities.
Establish command post(s) as needed.
Coordinate with Red Cross (or designated lead agency) the opening of appropriate number of shelters in the appropriate areas, based on shelter procedure.
Conduct first staff briefing as soon as practical after EOC activation.
Activate or establish rumor control through the public information officer (PIO).
Establish a schedule for briefings.
Brief city/county/agency/utility executives.
Provide PIO with updated information.

Provide response forces with updated information, as appropriate.
Cause public information to be released, via the public information officer (PIO) as soon as practical.
Issue action guidance as appropriate.
Establish 24/7 duty roster for the EOC and/or command post.
Develop and post any required maps or diagrams.
Activate an events log.
Review and follow resource procurement procedure.
Inventory additional resources that may be used or called upon for use.
Activate formal resource request procedure and resource tracking.
Coordinate all resource requests being forwarded to the State.
Activate financial tracking plan coordinated by the Finance Officer.

Activate damage assessment and follow damage assessment procedure.
Develop a 12 hour incident action plan outlining actions that must be accomplished in the next 12 hours.
Conduct a "second shift" or relieving shift briefing.
Discuss with and present to your relief, the incident action plan for the next 12 hours.

 

Recovery
 

Gather damage assessment information (public, housing, business) from damage assessment teams or Fire Marshal.
Obtain information from technical sources regarding health effects (i.e., smoke) duration.
Obtain information from Red Cross regarding number of shelterees and support necessary for continued operation.
Obtain from Red Cross an estimated duration period for continued shelter operations, if any.
Obtain information from utilities regarding outages, length of repair, safety, etc.
Assess citizen / community needs for individual assistance and/or public assistance.
Activate local unmet needs committee if appropriate.
Gather financial information from the Finance Officer.
As appropriate gather additional information to include:

Personnel that responded and the time involved in the response.
Time sheets or time logs.
Supplies used.
Contracts issued.
Purchase orders issued.
Any other expenditures.
Damages to public buildings, equipment, utilities, etc.
Loss of life of any public servant.
Documents regarding economic impact.

Develop or generate reports for the following, as appropriate:

FEMA
State
Local elected officials
County/City /Town Managers
Others requiring or requesting reports

Coordinate recovery organizations including federal and state agencies and private or volunteer relief organizations.
Establish donations management based on policy and procedure.
It is unlikely a Presidential declaration of disaster will be declared for local fires. However, if a Presidential declaration of disaster is made, file "Request for Public Assistance" to apply for assistance as soon as possible with the proper state or federal agency.
Ensure public officials are made aware of the assistance application process, if applicable.

Ensure the general public is made aware, through the public information officer, of the assistance application process, if applicable.
Perform an incident critique as soon as possible with all possible response organizations.
Review agency and self performance.
Review the weaknesses of the plan.
Correct weaknesses.
Implement hazard mitigation or modify hazard mitigation plan accordingly.
Brief elected officials with updated information and disaster recovery progress.