Resources are classified in three groups:
- Single Resources, such as individual engines, bulldozers assigned as primary tactical units. A single resource is the equipment plus the required people to properly utilize it. The fire truck and personnel sent to the original fire was a single resource.
- Task Force, any combination of resources temporarily assembled for a specific mission. All elements of the Task Force have common communications and a leader who normally should have a separate vehicle. Task Forces are for specific tactical needs and in the fire scenario several Task Forces were dispatched to isolated farms in the path of the fire. When their work was completed they may be demobilized as single resources.
- Strike Teams are a set number of resources of the same kind and type, with an established minimum number of personnel with common communications, always with a leader, usually in a separate vehicle. Strike teams can be made up of engines, hand crews, plows, bulldozers and any other kind of resource where a combination of common elements become a tactical resource.
Communications, while a resource, come under the Logistics Section. Communications follow need, so personnel who assist in communications must FIRST understand the organization. Than,they are better equipped to understand the flow of communications. The examples used here, while fire oriented, apply equally to other events with modifications as appropriate.
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