When multiple alarms are required, the number of Firefighters and units on-scene increases and greatly adds to the complexity of the roll call. Fires in high-rise structures, subways or fire and emergency scenes that cover a wide area also make the emergency roll call more complicated and harder to manage.
It is the responsibility of every member to be knowledgeable with roll call procedures so we are all able to do our part in assisting the roll call Officer when an emergency roll call is necessary. Even a few members lacking this critical knowledge can slow the entire roll call process and precious seconds can be lost that may be needed to find and rescue a missing Firefighter. When members are proficient in roll call procedures, a roll call is conducted quickly, accurately and efficiently, thereby increasing fireground safety for all.
To read more on emergency roll calls read Deputy Chief Nicholas Corrado and Battalion Chief Frank Leeb’s article in the 4th/2016 edition of WNYF.