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Peer Review

FIRESCOPE Field Operation Guide



Overall Numeric Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 3.75 stars
Reviewed: Nov 14, 2008 by Fire Safety
Overview: "The content of the Field Operations Guide (FOG) is intended to provide guidance for the application of the Incident Command System (ICS) to any planned or unplanned event. Position descriptions, checklists, and diagrams are provided to facilitate that guidance. The information contained in this document is intended to enhance the user’s experience, training, and knowledge in the application of the Incident Command System. All users must obtain proper ICS training at the level necessary to effectively utilize the system."
Type of Material: Field Operations Guide, pdf format
Recommended Uses: Use as a job aide on incident responses and as a reference when reviewing incident management practices.
Technical Requirements: Adobe Reader required. Available for free download at
Identify Major Learning Goals: Reference material for any organization that uses FIRESCOPE. This is a job aide, not a lesson.
Target Student Population: California's emergency responders. Any one looking for reference material for alternative means of utilizing the Incident Command System. Good for Fire service members responding to incidents that will use the incident command structure.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None. The field operations guide is geared to a variety of users. Having basic ICS knowledge (e.g. I-100 or I-200) would be helpful.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: Very thorough and versatile document with explanations and diagrams.
Concerns: The field guide is not designed as a teaching tool.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Once familiar with it, the FOG would be very helpful as a job aide.
Concerns: Not designed as a teaching tool. Requires the student to have other resources available to help understand the information. he student must realize that there is more than one version of ICS and that this is not a stand alone document. The student must understand that ICS is a dynamic structure that will require more education and other reference materials can apply.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: Very easy to use. Various diagrams, charts, and lists to help the student understand the material.
Concerns: Not designed as a lesson, instructors of the material would still need to develop lesson plans.

Other Issues and Comments: This is a useful tool for incident responders. Most beneficial as a pocket version available from agencies and websites. However, it is not designed to be a teaching tool. The student must understand what ICS structure that he or she must work with in, and reference the appropriate material... NIMS, NWCG, FIRESCOPE, Fire Command.

Creative Commons:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States