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Internationally, fire services (and emergency services in general) operate in accordance with a standardised command structure.

Until the present, there has been an organic form of command and control in this field. On the basis of our own research in 2014, a guideline was set up for the management of operations in fire zones. Later, this vision was broadened using research from The Netherlands in 2015 concerning situational command structures and an extensive investigation concerning Incident Command Decision-making by Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton (UK).

During this seminar it will be explained how far we have currently progressed with the Federal SOP [“Standard Operational Procedures”] concerning the ICS (Incident Command System), but especially what advantages we have already experienced in the Antwerp Fire Protection Zone in multi-disciplinary co-operation during large-scale incidents.

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