Organization, Command, Control
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Unity of command
having one designated leader or officer in charge of an operation, company, or a single resource.
Span of control
the number of resources that any one person supervises
The first unit arriving at an incident should establish this and give a brief initial report, a size-up.
Necessary info:transfer of command
- What has happened
- Incident action plan
- Current unit/resources status
- Injured civilians or firefighters
- Actions accomplished
- Ability to control incident with available resources
National Incident Management System designed to lead agencies through response to incidents. Bush issued Directive 5 on Feb 2003.
IC may delegate authority for a function or task but never responsibility.
Personnel or vehicle and required equpment
A task force is any combination of single resources within the span of control for a common task or assignment.
A combination of a specific number of units of the same kind and type.
3 levels of Command
Strategic, tactical, and task
Specific objectives such as ventilation, overhaul salvage, etc.
Assigned to individual company
Five major functional areas of ICS
IC, operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration sections
Responsible for developing strategic goals. The IC manages goals, not tactics.
Implementing tactical assignments to meet strategic goals.
Responsible for development of Incident Action Plan.
Responsible for securing facilities, services, equipment and materials for an incident
Responsible for documenting cost of materials and personnel for future reimbursement.
Responsible for safety of all responders at an incident.
Responsible for communication and contact between other agencies that respond.
Public Information Officer
Responsible for providing factual and accurate information concerning an incident to the news media.
Responsible for operations within an assigned geographic area.
Functional designation to conduct a specific task
Organizational level with responsibility for a major function
Branches are established to maintain span of control over a number of divisions or groups.
Resource that has specific capabilities or equipment.
Used to manage an incident involving multiple response agencies or multiple jurisdictions.
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