[IPAC-List] Staffing of Officers for Fire

Ellen Weissblum ellen.weissblum at gmail.com
Wed Jan 23 17:52:20 EST 2019

I think the i/o solutions consulting organization specializes in fire service job analysis, though I don't know if they have anything they could share.

At least in the past, within ny state some of the smaller departments had only either captains or lieutenants, not both, while the larger departments had both. 

-Ellen Weissblum, PhD 

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On Jan 23, 2019, at 5:37 PM, "Blair, Michael via IPAC-List" <ipac-list at ipacweb.org> wrote:

> Dennis –
> Are you asking about justifying the need for the number of officers and the roles these officers play at an incident or more generally in terms of officer to non-officer staffing ratios?  The number of officers and the roles they play at an incident are well documented in a variety of training and safety manuals.  Also, FEMA has guidelines, structure, etc. for fire, police, combined larger scale incidents, and more.  For more general information on staffing ratios, span of control is typically covered in most public safety leadership/management books.  There is a relationship between the incident command structure and non-emergency staffing ratios - the upper bound is limited by the command resources required on scene.
> Hope this helps.
> Michael D. Blair
> Lead Personnel Research Psychologist
> United States Office of Personnel Management
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> From: IPAC-List [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Dennis Doverspike
> Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 4:12 PM
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> Subject: [IPAC-List] Staffing of Officers for Fire
> Does anyone know of any guidelines, standards, resources that would be helpful in justifying the need for officers, lieutenants and captains, for Safety Forces, but more specifically Fire.   
> Thanks 
> Dennis
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> Dennis Doverspike, PhD., ABPP
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