Video: Create Quick Pre-Incident and Pre-Fire Plans

By Dan Curran on October 29, 2015

Pre-incident and pre-fire planning should not be hard. In this video we show you how you can quickly and easily create a pre-incident or pre-fire plan using IncidentSmart.


Hi, my name is Dan Curran.

I'm the creator of IncidentSmart.

IncidentSmart is an online program that helps fire departments create pre-incident plans, training scenarios and post-incident analysis.

Our goal is to help fire departments improve planning, preparedness and performance.

Today we are going to go over how you can create a quick pre-incident plan using IncidentSmart.

Lets jump right into it.

The first step when creating a pre-incident or pre-fire plan is to gather information about your target site.

The amount of information required can vary. At a minimum you should visit the site and conduct a 360 degree survey. You should also speak with the property manager to gather emergency contact information and ask about any special hazards that might exist on the property.

Requesting a tour of the facility may assist your pre-planning efforts. When on tour make sure to take a camera with you so that you can photograph areas of interest.

In our example we are pre-planning an apartment complex which houses and elder population. This is a frequently visited facility.

We have performed a site survey and spoken with the property manager to get emergency contact information. To help us create our pre-incident plan we used Google Maps to get a street view of the facility as well as overhead imagery. We recommend that our users use Google, Bing, Pictometry or other mapping programs to make creating pre-plans easier.

Lets get a quick overview of the information we gathered from our site visit. We got the address of the site, emergency contact information, including alarm company. Locations of utilities and shutoffs. Access and egress points, the lockbox and where stairways are located. Where the fire department sprinkler connection is. Locations of hydrants around the structure, as well as images of the structure.

With this information in hand we can create our pre-plan.

Lets create a pre-plan. We start by logging in to IncidentSmart, and on our dashboard clicking Create New Report and selecting the Pre-incident Plan.

We are now taken to the New Pre-incident Plan screen. From here we can start filling in the data we gathered from our site visit.

The name for the site plan. The district. The Address. And finally a description of the building.

Scroll down to the notes and hazard information, and we will add a new note.

First will be the emergency contact. And another note for the alarm company.

Since we have our own maps and images we are not going to use the IncidentSmart mapping tool for this pre-incident plan. Click the Delete Map button and you will delete the default map from this pre-incident plan.

Now we add our images. Click the Add an Image link, then click browse. Selected the image you wish to upload. And you can give it a name and description if you desire.

Upload as many other images as you have, we have three.

Finally lets save our report. Scroll down and click the save report button.

It may take a moment to save the report if you are uploading a number of images. The reason we save the report is so our images will upload so we can draw on them or annotate them.

We can take a quick look at our pre-plan, then scroll back up to the top, click Edit to continue.

Lets scroll down to our overhead image, click the blue annotate button, and then OK to confirm.

We now have the IncidentSmart tools available to enhance our image. We will add hydrants. The fire department connection. The utility shutoffs. And we will label the lockbox.

Lets scroll up, save our report, and then scroll down and annotate our overhead street map.

On this map we want to show where our apparatus should be positioned. Lets add our hydrants to this map, adjust the scale. Add our first due engine. The first truck. The second engine. And then show the hose lays.

Finally we will scroll up, save our report, and we can take a look at the end result.

In total it took about 45 minutes to gather the information about this property and to create the pre-incident plan in IncidentSmart.

We now have a basic pre-plan which will help ensure our members are prepared for incidents at this location. And since this is a living document we can modify and improve it easily at any time.

Thank for watching. For more information, or to gain access to the IncidentSmart tools visit our website at

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