Incident Command: Tales From the Hot Seat presents a unique examination of the skills of the on-scene or incident commander who is in charge of an emergency or major incident. Experienced commanders from the police and fire services, the armed forces, civil aviation and the prison service give personal accounts of their command experiences, discuss their dilemmas and the pressures they faced, and reveal the demands of leading under extreme conditions. They share intimate details of cases where their command skills were tested, ranging from industrial fires, riots, hostage taking, warfare, peacekeeping, to in-flight emergencies. Each case ends with lessons learnt and tips for the developing commander. Additional chapters present expert accounts of the art of incident command, incident command systems, competencies for command, as well as reviews of the latest psychological research into decision making and team work under pressure. The book is an essential compelling text that captures the essence of incident command by analyzing command experiences across a range of professions.
’This is a remarkably provocative backstage view of what it's like to enact incident command on the front lines of crisis. The book has just the right mix of experience, reflection, and explanation to show that incident command actually epitomizes organizing and managing across all sectors of human activity. This is a marvellous example of how practice and theory ought to be joined, but seldom are.’ Professor Karl E. Weick, University of Michigan, USA 'A very interesting book on a VERY interesting topic' M2 Best Books ’Incident Command: Tales From the Hot Seat is required reading for all those faced with decision-making challenges as they further their Fire Service careers. The authors of this finely researched work have moved beyond the confines of the Fire Service to demonstrate that the knowledge and expertise of the incident commander are the most critical factors in crisis management. The case studies looking at the experience of an airline pilot and a prison governor are specially apposite. As the authors admit freely, the art of incident command cannot be learned from a manual...but this book is certainly a compelling and relevant addition to the armoury of all those who find themselves in the proverbial hot seat.’ Brian Robinson, Commissioner for Fire and Emergency Planning, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority ’This book is required reading for those who aspire to high level incident command. It dispels effectively the magnificent myths of leadership, but more importantly the authors have gained unprecedented access to individuals who have found themselves in the tightest leadership spots. Their candid accounts of triumph and disaster are salutary and utterly compelling.’ Tom Wood, Deputy Chief Constable, Lothian and Borders Police, UK 'Flin and Arbuthnot, both important voices in their respective spheres, managed to assemble a most impressive and gap-bridging collection of authors with a wide range of experience and ex