A still unfolding situation in San Bernadino, California, has resulted in at least 14 fatalities and as many as 14 more injured.
The first images were seen on the news from uncited facebook and twitter images from bystanders. In these brief photos we can see firefighters, clearly in their yellow brush coats and helmets, working in a triage area near the incident.
I am currently working on an MCI presentation and I tried to put myself in the shoes of the first company officer on scene.
Are we in a safe area depending on the threat?
Are there victims within sight?
Where will our Immediate Treatment area be set up?
What is the most important information to transmit as my initial report?
These are all things you need to be able to do as the situation unfolds. Before the vests go on and the tarps come out, the Engine Company will begin to find, sort and move victims as efficiently and safely s possible.