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The importance of police and fire cooperation at incident scenes

In this video, risk management expert Gordon Graham outlines how LE and fire can cooperate effectively on scene

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In this video, Gordon Graham, Lexipol co-founder and risk management expert, emphasizes the importance of cooperation and communication between law enforcement and fire service personnel at emergency scenes.

He suggests that law enforcement officers arriving first at incidents like vehicle collisions or fires should relay critical information such as the number of vehicles involved, extent of damage and presence of fire or smoke to the incoming fire units.

Additionally, they should provide details like the best access routes to avoid traffic. Similarly, when fire personnel are first on the scene, especially in violent situations or where traffic control is necessary, they should communicate key details to law enforcement. Graham advocates for integrated incident command, encouraging fire personnel to include law enforcement in command posts for effective coordination.

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This article, originally posted on August 30, 2022, has been updated.

Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.