The person in charge at an incident, they can have 1 or more deputies. They can appoint a command staff to maintain a proper span of control during the incident
(S.I.L) Know as "officers". The command staff DO NOT have deputies. They are not always needed but can be assigned depending on size of the event
The point of contact for the media. There will only be 1 Incident Information Officer
Monitors the safety conditions and develops measures for assuring safety of all assigned personnel
On larger events they will be primary contact for all agency representatives from other agencies
(CFLOP) Finance/Administration, Logistics, Operations, and Planning
Addressed as "Chief"
Each General Section Chief can have 1 or more deputies if needed
Until established as a separate section they will be under direct control of the IC,
They can be further broken up in Branches and Divisions and/or Groups based on the tasks needed
Develops Incident Action Plan.
Collect, evaluate and display info about the incident.
Maintain resource status info on all equipment.
Under the planning section is, Resources Unit, Situation Unit, Documentation Unit, Demobilization Unit, and Technical Specialist
Responsible for all services and support needs of the incident including obtaining & maintaining personnel, facilities, equipment, and supplies.
Under the Service Branch they have a Communications Unit, Medical Unit, and Food unit
Under Support Branch they have a Supply Unit, Facilities Unit and a Ground Support Unit
Set up for any incident that may require on-site financial management.
Under the Finance Section there is a Time Unit, Procurement Unit, Compensation/Claims Unit, and a Cost Unit
Location where resources are kept while awaiting incident assignment. The area will be managed by a Staging Manager. Works under the Operations Unit. Resources must be available within 3 min to leave the staging area
Incident Action Plan (IAP)
Every incident MUST have an oral or written action plan. It supplies direction for future actions, and must include measurable tactical operations to be achieved
Combination of single resources within a proper span of control, assembled for specific tactical needs
Combination of a designated number of the same kind/type of resources. The number of resources needed will be based on the function performed.
3 Types of Availability
Assigned: performing an active assignment.
Available: Resource ready for deployment
Out of Service: resources unavailable
Coordinate multiple agency resources, improved methods for forcasting fire behavior, standard terminology, mulit-agency communications, multi-agency training. It would become template for ICS
Every member of the Command staff can have a assistant. Usually will be the Information officer & Safety officer that need them.
Works under the Operations Unit & in charge of all air operations
Incident Command Post (ICP)
Location at which the primary command functions are performed. The Incident Commander will be stationed at the (ICP). There will only be 1 ICP for each incident. Named after the fire name
Primary support & service location. Logistics will be stationed at the Base. Out-of-Service equipment will usually be stationed here. There should only be 1 Base for each incident
Temporary locations near the incident area, and should be equipped with sleeping quarters, food, water, and sanitary services for the incident personnel
Main location for parking, re-fueling, maintenance, and loading of helicopters. Also be used for loading helicopters with personnel, equipment, and supplies.
There will be a Helibase manager
Temporary locations for helicopters to land and take off safely. Used to quickly unload supplies, personnel and equipment. There will be a Helispot manager
Tactical resources consist of all personnel and major items of equipment available for assignments on an incident
Describes what the resource is! i.e.- helicopter, fire engine, bulldozer, etc.
Describes the performance capabilities of that specific resource. i.e.- TYPE 1 helicopter can carry up to 16 ppl, TYPE 3 helicopter can only carry up to 5 ppl
3 reasons for typing resources
1. Planning: knowing the specific capabilities of a resource can help assign correct duties during the (IAP)
2. Ordering: ability to assign specific tasks by the TYPE of resource
3. Monitoring Resources in Use: allows the manager to know the type of tactical resources being used and make changes accordingly, to save cost & increase work performance
Individual pieces of equipment, or a crew with an identified supervisor. they can be used in tactical application at an incident. The most common means of initial attack
Changing a Resource Status
Resources will be maintained & changed by the Supervisor in charge of the assignment. A resource unit WILL NOT change their own status
4 Resource Status Keeping Systems
1. Manual record keeping on forms
2. Card Systems
3. Magnetic symbol on a Map or Status board
4. Computer Systems
5 Places you can Check-In at an Incident
Incident Command Post, Base or Camp, Staging areas, Helibase, or you can report directly to your Division/Group Supervisor
3 ways to use resources
Single resource, Strike Team, and Task force
Is used for Documenting events, used by Divisions/Groups and above