Also known as a PAR (Personnel Accountability Reporting)
system. A method of tracking personnel
large-scale situations such as fires
, plane crashes
etc. Differs from department to department, but
regardless of the method, the National Fire Protection
requires they have one in place.
The standard use is as follows:
- Each fire fighter is assigned a PAR number
(Generally their badge number).
- They are given a card or identifying item of
some sort with their name, and this PAR number.
- These are kept on a keyring with a card
identifying the unit the fire fighter is attached to
(Ex: Engine Company, Brush Truck, etc.)
- Upon arrival of a major incident, the keyring is
given to the incident commander, who then assigns the
company to a specific part of the incident.
- Upon arrival of their working location, the keyring
is passed to the person in charge of that sector, who
has the responsibility of assigning that crew out.
- If the crew is split up for their assignments, they
take their respective card with them, and give it to
wherever they report.
- When they leave the sector (and when they leave the
incident) the card is given back to them.
This method is supposed to ensure that command
to locate personnel in a timely fashion, such as the
case of an imminent collapse
, or a missing
firefighter. Command would call for a PAR check, at
which point each sector commander would report where
their personnel they have marked are at.