Bucco Legislation Establishing Clear Command Structure for Mutual Aid Fire Responses Heads to Christie
Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R- Morris) that clarifies the incident command structure during mutual aid fire responses has been approved by both houses of the Legislature.
S-1397/A-2593 requires that the local fire mutual aid plan of municipalities or fire districts include a clear command structure plan during mutual aid responses.
“Basically, this bill ensures that fire departments know who is in charge during mutual aid responses, and that the incident commander has appropriate support when responding to an emergency,” said Bucco. “This is actually a lesson we learned during 9-11; that emergency responders at all levels of government and from a variety of agencies need to do a better job of coordinating their efforts. When a department is responding outside of its own jurisdiction due to a mutual aid agreement, there must be no ambiguity or question about the command structure.”
The legislation is supported by the NJ Career Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Professional Firefighter’s Association of NJ, and the NJ Deputy Fire Chief’s Association. It now awaits action by Governor Chris Christie.