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Incident Command System (ICS)

ICS is the model tool for command, and coordination of a response to an incident.

IMS is the model system by using a common management tool so that individual agencies responding to an incident may better coordinate the efforts of stabilizing the incident and protecting life, property and the environment.

During this time local, state and federal fire authorities collaborated and formed the Firefighting Resource of California Organized for Potential Emergencies(FIRESCOPE) to address problems encountered during the wildfire response. Firescope form the foundation for modern day ICS.

ORM is about smart operation accomplishment by proactively managing the risks. I expect commanders and functional program managers to make the integration of ORM into a day-to-day operation priority. The goal is to make risk management a seamless part of the way we make decisions and approach any activity--on or off duty.


ICS organization is built around five major functions.

    • Conduct Initial Briefing.
    • Set up Required Organization Elements.
    • Ensure Planning Meetings are conducted.
    • Approve and Authorized Implementation of Incident Action Plan.
    • Determine Information Needs From Staff.
    • Coordinate Staff Activity.
    • Manage Incident Operations.
    • Approve Requests for Additional Resources.
    • Authorize Information Release.
    • Report Incident Status.
    • Approve Demobilization Planning.
    • Release Resources and Supplies.

The incident commander, the person in charge of the incident, directs the command function. The responsibilities of command include: management of the incident, protection of life and property, control of resources, development and implementation of incident action plan, development and control of the appropriate organizational structure, authorizing the release of information to the media, and tracking cost.Predefined hierarchy, including chain of command and delineated responsibilities for every position.

The operations section is responsible for the response activities outlined in the incident action plan. An operations section chief manages the operations section. The Operations Section Chief is responsible for receiving and implementing the action plan. Other responsibilities include: direction, coordination and safety of operations personnel; assistance to the incident commander as requested; and request s section or release resources at the incident. The operations section chief may delegate responsibilities to other operation individuals and further divide the section into other organizational units.

The planning section assists the incident commander is several functions. The planning section is primarily responsible for collection, evaluation, dissemination and information both about the incident and concerning associated resources. This section may also be involved in development of the incident action plan. The Incident Action Plan defines response activities and resource utilization for a specified time period. The planning section is managed by a planning section chief who report directly to the incident commander. Should the situation warrant, the planning section chief may delegate responsibilities to other planning section individuals and further divide the section into organizational units.

The logistics section is responsible for providing facilities, services, materials, personnel or other resources necessary to manage the event. This section takes on great significance in long-term or extended operation. The logistics section is manage by a logistics chief who report directly to the incident commander .the logistics section is further divided into task specific units.(ex. Communications) geared to support the incident responders.

The finance/Administrative section tracks incident cost and maintains associated paperwork for reimbursement accounting. Unless costs and financial operations are carefully recorded and justified, reimbursement is next to impossible. The finance/administrative sections is managed by a section chief who reports directly to the incident commander. Should the incident warrant, the section may be further divided into organizational units.


Obtain incident briefing and Incident Briefing.

From(ICS Form)from prior Incident

Maintain a field command post and/or administrative command post for communications with outside agencies and responsible parties. Publicize location and manner of contact of Incident Command Post to all interested. Coordinate all investigation actions.

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