Incident Symbols Example

Symbols or features collected at the scene include:

  • Collected at Incident
  • Clear Background so that you aren’t filling in symbology
  • May be hand drawn
Symbol Category Definition Physical Examples Symbol Shape Symbol Examples Standard Taken from
Command Feature Common command features Command Post, Base Camp, Staging Area Circle

DHS, NWCG
Units A unit within an organization that accomplishes a task or where a group of responders are attached Engine, Ladder, Battalion, Police Officer, SWAT Team, Command Unit, Rehab Unit  
Oval

Task Groups A group of units or unit combined to assign a specfic task at an incident Groups, Sectors, Sections, Branches, Divisions, Areas, Individuals persons with specific tasks (PIO. Observer, etc.)  
Rectangle

 
Exposures or Sides “A” “B” “C” “D”

 
Example of a legend with incident symbology:

 

Pre-Incident Symbols

Symbol Category Definition Physical Examples

Symbol Shape

Symbol Examples Standard Taken from
Access Point Access point and ways to access a building or incident area and features related to Knox Box, Elevator, Access Point

NFPA, Traffic Color
Assessment Features Alarms and other Burglar Alarm, Fire alarm control

NFPA
Utility Shutoffs Location of where you shutoff utilties

NFPA
Detection/Extinguishing Equipment Detectors and building extinguishment systems Smoke, Duct, Pull Station

NFPA
Ventilation Place to manage the exhaust of gases Skylight, Smoke Control

NFPA
Water Flow Control Valves and Water Sources Water flow devices Fire department connections, PIV

NFPA
Equipment Rooms. Location of features

NFPA
  • Collected before incident
  • NFPA 170
  • Colored Background
  • May use graphic or simple text

Preplan Symbols Example:



Hazard Symbols

Symbol Category Definition Physical Examples

Symbol Shape

Symbol Examples Standard Taken from
Hazardous Materials, Feature Hazard, or Incident Hazardous materials either fixed or mobile or a natural event that is hazardous Chemical barrels, Tanks,


DHS , NFPA, DOT

 

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