Fire suppression is often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Fire Department, but it is just a portion of what a department does. However, most firefighters will tell you it is the most challenging aspect of the job.
Fire suppression includes many categories such as structural, vehicular, brush, and industrial. Each category of fire suppression requires hours of training and preparation. Every fire-suppression incident is considered an emergency situation that can become very dangerous.
All scenes are managed by an incident command system. This system is an organized approach to handling emergency situations. The person in charge, called command, is responsible for every firefighter or EMS personnel on that scene. He or she makes sure the fire is correctly managed and that all personnel are safe while performing their duties.