Mutual assistance is assistance that is sent on request by responding firefighters. In general, it is requested on arrival at the scene. Reciprocal aid should also be defined by a signed contractual agreement. Automatic assistance is the aid that is automatically sent by a contractual agreement between two fire brigades, municipalities or fire districts. ISO recognizes an automatic assistance plan under the following conditions: Advice for implementing a successful automatic and reciprocal assistance program With good management, automatic and reciprocal auxiliary programs can be very effective. Keep in mind that when signing an automatic aid agreement, you try to offset certain watershed requirements. Once you have met your needs, no recognition will be given for excess equipment. Participating auto support services need to have a clear and accurate understanding of your needs and respond accordingly. If departments do not respond with the right equipment, specific needs will not be met and no credit will be granted. Even if you have automatic help, make sure that 50% of your erasure capacity stays in your service area and does not respond. In general, Mutual Aid programs are only recognized for water supply.
All members with support services should respond to incendiary devices, not in private vehicles. This will reduce the number of vehicles that react at the accident site and reduce traffic congestion. It will also place staff in a company form before arriving on the premises. This will help the incident commander in three important areas.