There are a number of myths, legacies and quandaries that continually plague the fire service when it comes to responding to structure fire or sudden fire behavior. Whether you are a career firefighter, volunteer firefighter or combination employee there are certain basic elements that all fire departments must fully embrace. These elements are taught and embodied in the three Cs or Components of the fire department ethos. Each component is individually tailored to meet the specific mission of the department and is supported by the specific staffing levels and duties of the departments personnel.

For a comprehensive overview of all three elements see the articles A History of Fire Department Operations, A History of Modern Department Operations and Surviving Principles. Each of these three articles presents a personal perspective on the operations that define the departments ethos. Understanding the ethos of the departments fireground is mission critical to operations and incidentfighting.

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