It’s Here (and it’s purple)


This post is from 2018. There is a 2022 version of the Incident Response Guide. You can find information about the 2022 version here:

By Travis Dotson

Yep. The new IRPG is out, and I guarantee you will not mistake it for an old one.


2018 Incident Response Pocket Guides

Good call NWCG – this cover will do exactly what it’s intended to do – set this version apart.

But why are we even talking about the window dressing? Let’s get to the meat.

Check out the list of parts with significant changes:

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List of Significant Changes

That’s a lot of big deal stuff. You should go through this list item by item to get familiar with it.

See that last item on the list? You might want to pay special attention to that one.

Yeah, the Medical Incident Report changed. You know, that super critical communication tool we use when our sisters and brothers get hurt.

Look close:

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New Medical Incident Report

How many lines do you see? That’s right: 8 not 9.

Yeah, it’s different – that’s OK.

This is an improvement.

This is the one we have.

Uniformity matters.

Now do these two things:

  • Make sure you have this one (we all need to play off the same sheet of music).
  • Practice using this one. Drill Drill Drill – it really helps.

Eyes forward folks – let’s get to work on getting better.

Complaining is not work.

Download the new version here: IRPG Download

Ordering information for the new IRPG here: NWCG Ordering

Download new Medical Incident Report here: Medical Incident Report

5 thoughts on “It’s Here (and it’s purple)

  1. Mmmmmmm… it’s about time. Purple. The color of the legendary Lassen Grizzlies. Coincidence? Probably not. That’s a championship caliber IRPG right there. Hopefully there’s a few pages in there about Lassen’s last second Hail Mary win over the Corning Cardinals in the fall of 2000. Maybe some fireline fitness pages on how championships are won in the weight room.

  2. I have no problem with change, I just wish they hadn’t printed the new Medical Incident Report Form in a font that is so small and so thin athat it requires reading glasses to read the letters on the pink paper! Sure, we are likely to have an 8.5×11 copy on white paper to fill out, but it is always helpful to use the IRPG for studying during down time. The rest of the IRPG (and the old 9-line form) is easily readable. NWCG dropped the ball on this one.

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