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Learning to relax: Command post management, Part 4

The final step in the LABOR acronym, relax underscores that ICs must not bring more chaos to an already dynamic scene

By Marc Bashoor

This is FireRescue1’s fourth and final in a series of videos where we’ve introduced you to some command post concepts.

In the first video, we introduced you to the acronym LABOR: Location, Announce, Box, Observe and Relax. In the second video, we talked about the Location. The third video highlighted the middle three components: Announce, Box and Observe.

Let’s now turn our focus to the final step: Relax.

Chief Marc S. Bashoor joined the Lexipol team in 2018, serving as the FireRescue1 and Fire Chief executive editor and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board. With 40 years in emergency services, Chief Bashoor previously served as public safety director in Highlands County, Florida; as chief of the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Fire/EMS Department; and as emergency manager in Mineral County, West Virginia. Chief Bashoor assisted the NFPA with fire service missions in Brazil and China, and has presented at many industry conferences and trade shows. He has contributed to several industry publications. He is a National Pro-board certified Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor III and Fire Instructor. Connect with Chief Bashoor at on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. Do you have a leadership tip or incident you’d like to discuss? Send the chief an email.