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  1. ACTION PLAN: (See Incident Action Plan.)
    plan that contains directions for achieving incident goals.  The Action plan contains What objectives(increase or decrease) need to be reached and How(Strategy) the objectives will be reached, and what (tactics) are the means for achieving the objectives.  .
  2. AGENCY
    An agency is a division of government with a specific function(performs an activity for someone or something)
  3. AGENCY EXECUTIVE OR ADMINISTRATOR
    The person at your agency responsible for the incident.  AE or Admin is Chief executive officer (or designee) of the agency or jurisdiction that has responsibility for the incident.
  4. AGENCY DISPATCH
    The facility where resources are allocated to incidents.  The agency or jurisdictional facility from which resources are allocated to incidents.
  5. AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE
    An agency's appointed decision maker.  An agency representative makes decisions on matters affecting their agency's participation at an incident.  Has been delegated the authority to make decisions about their agencies involvement in an incident.  An individual assigned to an incident from an assisting or cooperating agency who has been delegated authority to make decisions on matters affecting that agency's participation at the incident. Agency Representatives report to the Incident Liaison Officer.
  6. AIR OPERATIONS BRANCH DIRECTOR
    Provides logistical support to helicopters operating on the incident.  In addition, AOXD is primarily responsible for preparing and implementing the air operations portion of the Incident Action Plan.
  7. ALLOCATED RESOURCES
    Resources dispatched to an incident.
  8. AREA COMMAND
    M&Ms. Oversees the management of multiple incidents that  are being handled by an Incident Command System organization or  to oversee the management of a very large(Massive) incident that covers a large area.  has multiple Incident Management Teams assigned to it. Area Command has the responsibility to set overall strategy and priorities() allocate critical resources based on priorities() ensure that incidents are properly managed() and ensure that objectives are met and strategies followed.
  9. ASSIGNED RESOURCES
    Resources checked in and assigned incident  related tasks.
  10. ASSIGNMENTS
    Tasks assigned to resources to perform within a given operational period() based upon tactical objectives in the Incident Action Plan.
  11. ASSISTANT
    Provide direct assistance to Command Staff positions.  Title for subordinates of the Command Staff positions. The title indicates a level of technical capability() qualifications() and responsibility subordinate to the primary positions. Assistants may also be used to supervise unit activities at camps.
  12. ASSISTING AGENCY
    Assists another agency by providing direct tactical or service resources.
  13. AVAILABLE RESOURCES
    Resources available for deployment to the incident.  Incident-based resources which are ready for deployment.
  14. BASE
    The location where primary logistics functions for an incident are coordinated and administered. There is only one Base per incident. (Incident name or other designator will be added to the term Base.) The Incident Command Post may be collocated with the Base.
  15. BRANCH
    Has functional or geographic responsibility for major parts of incident operations. Located between Section and Division/Group in the Operations Section() and between Section and Units in the Logistics Section. Branches are identified by the use of Roman Numerals or by functional name (e.g.() medical() security() etc.).
  16. CACHE
    Incident resources stored in a pre-determined location for assignment to incidents.  A collection of resources set aside by for incident use only.  Supplies, Tools, or equipment set aside for incident use only.  placed at a pre-determined location fordA pre-determined complement of tools, equipment, and/or supplies available for incident use.  Located in a designated location.
  17. CAMP
    A temporary site located near the incident area that has basic accommodations.  eographical site() within the general incident area() separate from the Incident Base() equipped and staffed to provide sleeping() food() water() and sanitary services to incident personnel.
  18. CHECK IN
    A process for resource do first when reporting to the incident.  to The process whereby resources first report to an incident. Check-in locations include: Incident Command Post (Resources Unit), Incident Base, Camps, Staging Areas, Helibases, Helispots, and Division Supervisors (for direct line assignments)
  19. CHAIN OF COMMAND
    A series of command positions in order of authority.
  20. CHIEF
    The ICS title for individuals responsible for command of functional sections: Operations() Planning() Logistics() and Finance/Administration.
  21. CLEAR TEXT
    Using plain English in radio communications transmissions. For instance, do not use Ten Codes or agency
  22. COMMAND
    The act of directing and/or controlling resources by virtue of explicit legal() agency() or delegated authority. May also refer to the Incident Commander.
  23. COMMAND POST
    • (See Incident Command Post.)
    • The location where the primary command functions are executed. The ICP may be collocated with the incident base or other incident facilities.
  24. COMMAND STAFF
    The Command Staff are ICS officers that consists of the Information Officer() Safety Officer() and Liaison Officer. They report directly to the Incident Commander. They may have an assistant or assistants() as needed.
  25. COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
    An organizational unit in the Logistics Section responsible for providing communication services at an incident. A Communications Unit may also be a facility (e.g.() a trailer or mobile van) used to provide the major part of an Incident Communications Center.
  26. COMPACTS
    Formal agreements between agencies to obtain mutual aid.
  27. COMPENSATION UNIT/CLAIMS UNIT
    Finance/Administration Section unit responsible for financial concerns resulting from property damage() injuries() or fatalities at the incident.
  28. COMPLEX
    Two or more individual incidents located in the same general area.   which are assigned to a single Incident Commander or to Unified Command.
  29. Develop tactics
    (What) tools that will be used in order to achieve the objectives.  In short, the tools you will use.  e.g. What will you use to do this? e.g. ships, planes, soldiers, etc.
  30. Define objectives for each strategy.
    Objectives are (What) the measurable(increase, decrease) tasks that will be undertaken in order to realize the strategies. In short, the measurable (What) steps to achieve the strategies. e.g. Invade  France. This is measurable.   You'll know if you've succeeded and to what degree.
  31. Establish strategies
    The broad approaches(the beginning)you are going to take in order to achieve the goal. In short . the broad outcomes.  e.g. Surround Germany to choke off the resources that fueled its military force.
  32. Set a Goal
    The business outcome(result). What you want to achieve(accomplish - attain - reach - gain - make - effect) In short, the broad outcomes. e.g. Win the war
  33. COOPERATING AGENCY
    An agency supplying non-tactical resources.  assistance other than direct tactical or support functions or resources to the incident control effort (e.g.() Red Cross() telephone company() etc.).
  34. COORDINATION
    Choosing the most effective combination of available resources to meet specific objectives from a systematical process of analyzing a situation() developing relevant information() and informing appropriate command authority of viable alternatives for selection of the most effective combination of available resources to meet specific objectives. The coordination process (which can be either intra
  35. COORDINATION CENTER
    Term used to describe any facility that is used for the coordination of agency or jurisdictional resources in support of one or more incidents.
  36. COST SHARING AGREEMENTS
    agreement between agencies to incident related cost.  Agreements between agencies or jurisdictions to share designated costs related to incidents. Cost sharing agreements are normally written but may also be oral between authorized agency or jurisdictional representatives at the incident.
  37. COST UNIT
    Finance/Administration Section unit responsible for tracking incident related cost.   Tracks tracks costs() analyzing cost data() making cost estimates() and recommending cost associated with the incident.
  38. CREW
     (See Single Resource.)
  39. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY
    A statement provided to the Incident Commander by the Agency Executive delegating authority and assigning responsibility. The Delegation of Authority can include objectives() priorities() expectations() constraints() and other considerations or guidelines as needed. Many agencies require written Delegation of Authority to be given to Incident Commanders prior to their assuming command on larger incidents.
  40. DEPUTY
    Well qualified individual who() in the absence of a superior() could be delegated the authority to manage a functional operation or perform a specific task. In some cases() a Deputy could act as relief for a superior and therefore must be fully qualified in the position. Deputies can be assigned to the Incident Commander() General Staff() and Branch Directors.
  41. DEMOBILIZATION UNIT
    Planning Section Unit responsible for orderly demobilization of incident resources.  assuring orderly() safe() and efficient demobilization of incident resources.
  42. DIRECTOR
    Branch supervisor.  Supervises an ICS Branch.  The ICS title for individuals responsible for supervision of a Branch.
  43. DISPATCH
    Moving resources from one place to another based on a command decision.  The implementation of a command decision to move a resource or resources from one place to another.
  44. DISPATCH CENTER
    A facility from which resources are dispatched to an incident. ICS Glossary 5
  45. DIVISION
    Divisions are used to divide an incident into geographical areas of operation. A Division is located within the ICS organization between the Branch and the Task Force/Strike Team. (See Group.) Divisions are identified by alphabetic characters for horizontal applications and() often() by floor numbers when used in buildings.
  46. DOCUMENTATION UNIT
    Planning Section Unit responsible for incident related documents.  anaging all cicollecting() recording() and safeguarding all documents relevant to the incident.
  47. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR/DIRECTOR
    Responsible for coordinating jurisdictional emergency management.  The individual within each political subdivision that has coordination responsibility for jurisdictional emergency management.
  48. EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT)
    individual skilled  in pre-hospital emergency medicine.  A health-care specialist with particular skills and knowledge in pre-hospital emergency medicine.
  49. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC)
    A strategic command center  coordinating emergency planning, training, response and recovery efforts. The EOC has trained staff that supports the Incident Commander.
  50. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN
    The plan that each jurisdiction has and maintains for responding to appropriate hazards.
  51. EVENT
    Non-emergency, planned activity.  A planned, non-emergency activity. ICS can be used as the management system for a wide range of events, e.g., parades, concerts, or sporting events.
  52. FACILITIES UNIT
     Functional unit within the Support Branch of the Logistics Section that provides fixed facilities for the incident. These facilities may include the Incident Base() feeding areas() sleeping areas() sanitary facilities() etc.
  53. FIELD OPERATIONS GUIDE
    A pocket-size ICS manual.   ICS of instructions on the application of the Incident Command System.
  54. FINANCE/ADMINISTRATION SECTION
    The Section responsible for all incident costs and financial considerations. For instance, FAS has units for documenting Time, Procurement ,Compensation/Claims Unit, and Costs.
  55. FOOD UNIT
    Service Branch Unit of the Logistics Section responsible for providing meals for incident personnel.
  56. FUNCTION
    In ICS() function refers to the five major activities in the ICS() i.e.() Command() Operations() Planning() Logistics() and Finance/Administration. The term function is also used when describing the activity involved or refers to the 5 major activites in ICS. () e.g.() the planning function.
  57. GENERAL STAFF
    ICS section Managers that report to the Incident Commander. The group of incident management personnel reporting to the Incident Commander. They may each have a deputy() as needed. The General Staff consists of:
  58. Operations Section Chief
    General Staff
  59. Planning Section Chief
    General Staff
  60. Logistics Section Chief
    General Staff
  61. Finance/Administration Section Chief
    General Staff
  62. GENERIC ICS
    Refers to the description of ICS that is generally applicable to any kind of incident or event.
  63. GROUND SUPPORT UNIT
    Logistical Unit responsible for taking care of transportation during the incident.  For instance, Functional unit within the Support Branch of the Logistics Section responsible for the fueling, maintaining, and repairing of vehicles, and the transportation of personnel and supplies.
  64. GROUP
    Groups are an organizational level responsible for a specified functional assignment at an incident. Examples are Salvage Group, Search and Rescue Group, Haz Mat Group, and Medical Group. Groups are composed of resources assembled to perform a special function not necessarily within a single geographic division. (See Division.) Groups are located between Branches (when activated) and Resources in the Operations Section.
  65. HELIBASE
    The main location where helicopters managed and maintained. Helibases provide for parking() fueling() maintenance() and loading of helicopters operating in support of an incident. It is usually located at or near the incident base.
  66. HELISPOT
    Designated location for helicopters.  Any designated location where a helicopter can safely take off and land. Some helispots may be used for loading of supplies() equipment() or personnel.
  67. HIERARCHY OF COMMAND
     (See Chain of Command.)
  68. ICS NATIONAL TRAINING CURRICULUM
    ICS teaching materials and tests.  A series of 17 training modules consisting of instructor guides() visuals() tests() and student materials. The modules cover all aspects of ICS operations. The modules can be intermixed to meet specific training needs.
  69. INCIDENT
    An occurrence that requires emergency action by emergency service personnel to prevent or minimize loss of life or damage to property.  A natural or human caused occurrence that requires actionused to divide an incident into functional areas of operation.  An occurrence either human caused or by natural phenomena() that requires action by emergency service personnel to prevent or minimize loss of life or damage to property and/or natural resources.
  70. INCIDENT ACTION PLAN
    is a plan that will provide instructions on how to obtain incident objectives.  IAP contains overall strategy and tactical action in accordance to incident objectives.  Contains objectives reflecting the overall incident strategy and specific tactical actions and supporting information for the next operational period. The Plan may be oral or written. When written() the Plan may have a number of forms as attachments (e.g.() traffic plan() safety plan() communications plan() map() etc.).
  71. INCIDENT BASE
    where the primary incident logistical functions are coordinated and administered. (Incident name or other designator will be added to the term Base.) The Incident Command Post may be collocated with the Base. There is only one Base per incident.
  72. INCIDENT COMMANDER
    The individual responsible for the management of all incident operations at the incident site.
  73. INCIDENT COMMAND POST (ICP)
    is where execution of primary command functions happen.  Located usually with the incident base or other incident facilities.
  74. INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS)
    ICS is standardize emergency management system used by responders. ICS responders need to easily intergate into a common system.  All responders will integate into a standardized emergency management system.    standardized on-scene emergency management system that allows for agencies to easily integrate.  that allows various agencies to A standardized on-scene emergency management concept specifically designed to allow its user(s) to adopt an integrated organizational structure equal to the complexity and demands of single or multiple incidents, without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries.
  75. INCIDENT COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
    It is where the Communications Unit and the Message Center are located.
  76. INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
    The team consisting the incident commander and appropriate Command and General Staff personal.  The Incident Commander and appropriate Command and General Staff personnel assigned to an incident.
  77. INCIDENT OBJECTIVES
    Statements of guidance and direction necessary for making appropriate choices incident strategies and tactics.Statements of guidance and direction necessary for the selection of appropriate strategy(s)() and the tactical direction of resources. Incident objectives are based on realistic expectations of what can be accomplished when all allocated resources have been effectively deployed. Incident objectives must be achievable and measurable() yet flexible enough to allow for strategic and tactical alternatives.
  78. INFORMATION OFFICER
    A member of the Command Staff responsible for interfacing with the public and media or with other agencies requiring information directly from the incident. There is only one Information Officer per incident. The Information Officer may have assistants.
  79. INITIAL ACTION
    Actions taken first by resources that arrive at an incident.
  80. INITIAL RESPONSE
    Resources first committed to an incident.
  81. INCIDENT SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
    Organization providing off-site support to the incident. Includes any off-incident support provided to an incident. Examples would be Agency Dispatch centers, Airports, Mobilization Centers, etc.
  82. JURISDICTION
    Who has been authorized, given the power , to deal with issues at a particular location.  The range or sphere of authority. Public agencies have jurisdiction at an incident related to their legal responsibilities and authority for incident mitigation. Jurisdictional authority at an incident can be political/geographical (e.g.() city() county() state() or federal boundary lines) or functional (e.g.() police department() health department() etc.). (See Multijurisdiction.)
  83. JURISDICTIONAL AGENCY
     The agency having jurisdiction and responsibility for a specific geographical area() or a mandated function.
  84. KIND
    Refers to the nature of a resource i.e. Single() Strike Team() etc.
  85. LANDING ZONE
    (See Helispot.)HELISPOT: Any designated location where a helicopter can safely take off and land. Some helispots may be used for loading of supplies, equipment, or personnel.
  86. LEADER
    The manager of a Strike Force or Task Force.  The ICS title for an individual responsible for a Task Force() Strike Team() or functional unit.
  87. LIAISON OFFICER
    A command Staff member who coordinates with representatives from cooperating and assisting agencies.  A member of the Command Staff responsible for coordinating with representatives from cooperating and assisting agencies.
  88. LOGISTICS SECTION
    The Section responsible for providing incident related support and services.    facilities() services() and materials for the incident.
  89. LIFE SAFETY
    Pertains to protection individuals from harm or death.  Refers to the joint consideration of both the life and physical well being of individuals.
  90. MANAGERS
    Individuals responsible for maintaining specific aspects associated with ICS Units.  within ICS organizational units that are assigned specific managerial responsibilities() e.g.() Staging Area Manager or Camp Manager.
  91. MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVES
    3 step top-down managerial process for obtaining objectives.  for managing activitiesIn ICS, this is a top-down management activity which involves a three-step process to achieve the incident goal. The steps are: establishing the incident objectives, selection of appropriate strategy(s) to achieve the objectives, and the tactical direction associated with the selected strategy. Tactical direction includes: selection of tactics, selection of resources, resource assignments, and performance monitoring.
  92. MEDICAL UNIT
    Is part of the Service Branch  of the Logistics Section.  MU is  responsible for the development of the Medical Emergency Plan() and for providing emergency medical treatment of incident personnel.
  93. MESSAGE CENTER
    MC is part of the Incident Communications Center .  and is collocated or placed adjacent to it. MC receives() records() and routes information about resources reporting to the incident() resource status() and administrative and tactical traffic.
  94. MOBILIZATION
    The process and procedures used by all organizations federal() state() and local for activating() assembling() and transporting all resources that have been requested to respond to or support an incident.
  95. MOBILIZATION CENTER
    Temporary location where resources are pendincg assignment.   An off-incident location at which emergency service personnel and equipment are temporarily located pending assignment, release, or reassignment
  96. MULTI AGENCY INCIDENT
    An incident being managed by 1 or more agencies. An incident where one or more agencies assist a jurisdictional agency or agencies. May be single or unified command.
  97. MULTI AGENCY COORDINATION (MAC)
    A generalized term that refers to the functions and activities of representatives of involved agencies and/or jurisdictions who come together to make decisions regarding the prioritizing of incidents, and the sharing and use of critical resources. The MAC organization is not a part of the on-scene ICS and is not involved in developing incident strategy or tactics.
  98. MULTI AGENCY COORDINATION SYSTEM (MACS)
    System for coordinating resources used in a multiple agency incident.    that agencies use in regard to coordinating their resources.  The combination of personnel, facilities, equipment, procedures, and communications integrated into a common system. When activated, MACS has the responsibility for coordination of assisting agency resources and support in a multi-agency or multijurisdictional environment. A MAC Group functions within the MACS.
  99. MULTIJURISDICTION INCIDENT
    Incident requiring multi-agency involvement.  An incident requiring action from multiple agencies that have a statutory responsibility for incident mitigation. In ICS these incidents will be managed under Unified Command.
  100. MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT
    Written agreement between agencies and/or jurisdictions in which they agree to assist one another upon request. For instance, under MAA personnel and equipment will be furnished upon request.
  101. NATIONAL INTERAGENCY INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIIMS)
     An NWCG
  102. NATIONAL WILDFIRE COORDINATING GROUP (NWCG)
     A group formed under the direction of the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to improve the coordination and effectiveness of wildland fire activities() and provide a forum to discuss() recommend appropriate action() or resolve issues and problems of substantive nature. The NWCG has been a primary supporter of ICS development and training.
  103. OFFICER
    Person who holds a command Staff position.  Pesponible for the Command Staff positions.  The ICS title for the personnel responsible for the Command Staff positions of Safety() Liaison() and Information.
  104. OPERATIONAL PERIOD
    The period of time scheduled for execution of certain operational tasks.  OP are usually 24 hours or less.  of a given set of operation actions as specified in the Incident Action Plan. Operational Periods can be of various lengths() although usually not over 24 hours.
  105. OPERATIONS SECTION
    The Section responsible for all tactical operations at the incident. OS has the means to obtain incident objectives.  Includes Branches() Divisions and/or Groups() Task Forces() Strike Teams() Single Resources() and Staging Areas.
  106. OUT-OF-SERVICE RESOURCES:
    Resources no longer providing service.  Resources assigned to an incident but unable to respond for mechanical, rest, or personnel reasons.
  107. OVERHEAD PERSONNEL
    Personnel assigned to supervisory positions.  Personnel who are assigned to supervisory positions which include Incident Commander() Command Staff() General Staff() Directors() Supervisors() and Unit Leaders.
  108. PLANNING MEETING
    Meeting held throughout the incident to choose specific strategies and tactics for incident control operations.  A meeting held as needed throughout the duration of an incident() to select specific strategies and tactics for incident control operations() and for service and support planning. On larger incidents() the planning meeting is a major element in the development of the Incident Action Plan.
  109. PLANNING SECTION
    Responsible for managing tactical information related to the incident. Responsible for the collection() evaluation() and dissemination of tactical information related to the incident() and for the preparation and documentation of Incident Action Plans. The Section also maintains information on the current and forecasted situation() and on the status of resources assigned to the incident. Includes the Situation() Resource() Documentation() and Demobilization Units() as well as Technical Specialists.
  110. PROCUREMENT UNIT
    Finance/Administration Section Unit responsible for financial matters involving vendor contracts.
  111. RADIO CACHE
    A supply of radios stored in a pre-determined location for assignment to incidents.
  112. RECORDERS
    ICS personnel responsible for recording information in ICS section.  Individuals within ICS organizational units who are responsible for recording information. Recorders may be found in Planning() Logistics() and Finance/Administration Units.
  113. REINFORCED RESPONSE
    Additional resources requested to respond to the incident.  Those resources requested in addition to the initial response.
  114. REPORTING LOCATIONS
    Locations where resources can report their arrival.  Location or facilities where incoming resources can check
  115. RESOURCES UNIT
    Planning Section Unit responsible for recording the status of resources committed to the incident. The Unit also evaluates resources currently committed to the incident() the impact that additional responding resources will have on the incident() and anticipated resource needs.
  116. RESOURCES
    Personnel and equipment available() or potentially available() for assignment to incidents. Resources are described by kind and type() e.g.() ground() water() air() etc.() and may be used in tactical support or overhead capacities at an incident.
  117. SAFETY OFFICER
     A member of the Command Staff responsible for monitoring and assessing safety hazards or unsafe situations() and for developing measures for ensuring personnel safety. The Safety Officer may have assistants.
  118. SECTION
    an ICS organizational level responsible for a major part of the incident.  That organization level with responsibility for a major functional area of the incident() e.g.() Operations() Planning() Logistics() Finance/Administration. The Section is organizationally between Branch and Incident Commander.
  119. SECTOR
    responsible for managing a particular area of an incident.   used in some applications to describe an organizational level similar to an ICS Division or Group. Sector is not a part of ICS terminology.
  120. SEGMENT
    assigned geographical area that are supervised by task force/strike team leader or supervisor of a single resource for the purpose of coordination of resources and implementation of planned tactics.  Located in a portion of a division or an area inside or outside the perimeter of an incident. Segments are identified with Arabic numbers.
  121. SERVICE BRANCH
    Logistics Section Branch responsible for service activities at the incident. Includes the Communications() Medical() and Food Units.
  122. SINGLE RESOURCE
    A group, an individual, or a piece of equipment used on an incident.  An individual() a piece of equipment and its personnel complement() or a crew or team of individuals with an identified work supervisor that can be used on an incident.
  123. SITUATION UNIT
    Planning Section Unit responsible for information about an incident as it progresses.  the collection() organization() and analysis of incident status information() and for analysis of the situation as it progresses. Reports to the Planning Section Chief.
  124. SPAN OF CONTROL
     The supervisory ratio consisting of  three-to-seven individuals for each supervisor, with five-to-one being established as optimum.
  125. STAGING AREA
    a location where resources await a tactical assignment.  Staging Areas are locations set up at an incident where resources can be placed while awaiting a tactical assignment. Staging Areas are managed by the Operations Section.
  126. STRATEGY
    The general plan or direction chosen to accomplish incident objectives. In short,  how to achieve an objective, goal (or even a mission)
  127. STRIKE TEAM
    A team consisting of the same kind and type of resources. Specified combinations of the same kind and type of resources() with common communications and a leader.
  128. SUPERVISOR
    Supervises a divison or group.  The ICS title for individuals responsible for command of a Division or Group.
  129. SUPPLY UNIT
    Logistics Unit responsible for orders equipment and supplies needed for the incident operations.  The supply unit, which is considered a functional unit, is located within the Support Branch of the Logistics Section.
  130. SUPPORT BRANCH
    Logistic branch responsible for providing resources to support incident operations.   Provides personnel() equipment() and supplies to support incident operations. Located within the Logistics Section, the Support Branch consists of the Supply() Facilities() and Ground Support Units.
  131. SUPPORTING MATERIALS
    Additional materials in the IAP.  Refers to supplement materials in the Incident Action Plan() e.g.() communications plan() map() safety plan() traffic plan() and medical plan.
  132. SUPPORT RESOURCES
    Non-tactical, non-operational section resources. Non-tactical resources under the supervision of the Logistics, Planning, Finance/Administration Sections, or the Command Staff.
  133. TACTICAL DIRECTION
    Direction and tactics given by Operation Section Chiefs.  Direction given by the Operations Section Chief which includes the tactics appropriate for the selected strategy() the selection and assignment of resources() tactics implementation() and performance monitoring for each operational period.
  134. TASK FORCE
    A combination of single resources gathered for a particular tactical need. A combination of single resources assembled for a particular tactical need() with common communications and a leader.
  135. TEAM
    (See Single Resource.)
  136. TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS
    individuals with special skills that can be used anywhere with in the ICS organization.  Are Used any where within the ICS organization because of there special skills.
  137. TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS (TFR)
    Restricting air-space flights for emergeny aircraft only. restricting airspace for non-emergercy aircraft.  Temporary airspace restrictions for non-emergency aircraft in the incident area. TFRs are established by the FAA to ensure aircraft safety, and are normally limited to a five-nautical-mile radius and 2000 feet in altitude.
  138. TIME UNIT
    Finance/Administration Unit responsible for recording time for incident personnel and hired equipment.
  139. TYPE
    The capability of the resource.   A Type 1 resources has higher capability a Type 2 resource.  Capability may be determined by power() size() capacity() etc.() Resource typing provides managers with additional information in selecting the best resource for the task.
  140. UNIFIED AREA COMMAND
    Established when an Area Command becomes mult-jurisdictional.   Unified Area Command is established when incidents under an Area Command are multijurisdictional. (See Area Command and Unified Command.)
  141. UNIFIED COMMAND
    Establishes a common set of incident objectives and strategies that are used by all agencies involved in an incident.  In ICS() Unified Command is a unified team effort which allows all agencies with responsibility for the incident() either geographical or functional() to manage an incident by establishing a common set of incident objectives and strategies. This is accomplished without losing or abdicating agency authority() responsibility() or accountability.
  142. UNIT
    Organizational element incharge of  particular function in a section.  Responsible for specific ICS section activities.   The organizational element having functional responsibility for a specific incident planning() logistics() or finance/administration activity.
  143. Type of Resource
    Specific Characteristics
  144. Kind of Resouce
    Basic characteristics
  145. Nature of a resource
    Most basic qualities/chrateristics of the resource.
  146. Authority
    The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience: "he had absolute authority over his subordinates".
  147. Mandate
    Give (someone) authority to act in a certain way
  148. tactics
    The specific ways the strategies will be excited.  Tactics should  begin with verbs because tactics require actions.
  149. Strategies
    the major approach(beginning) or method for attaining objectives and resolve specific issues.  Strategies answer the question , "How will we go about accomplishing our objectives?
  150. Objectives
    Quantitative in nature.  objectives should begin with the word "increase" or "decrease"
  151. Goal
    Broad statements of what you want to do or to achieve.  Goals are Qualitative(Describing the quality of something in size, appearance, value, etc) in nature.
  152. UNITY OF COMMAND
    The concept by which each person within an organization reports to one and only one designated person(Commander).  For instance, UOC is the Department Chair reporting to the Dean.

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