Organization, Command, Control

  1. Unity of command
    having one designated leader or officer in charge of an operation, company, or a single resource.
  2. Span of control
    the number of resources that any one person supervises
  3. Establishing command
    The first unit arriving at an incident should establish this and give a brief initial report, a size-up.
  4. 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
  5. NIMS
    National Incident Management System designed to lead agencies through response to incidents.  Bush issued Directive 5 on Feb 2003.
  6. FACT
    IC may delegate authority for a function or task but never responsibility.
  7. Single resource
    Personnel or vehicle and required equpment
  8. Task force
    A task force is any combination of single resources within the span of control for a common task or assignment.
  9. Strike team
    A combination of a specific number of units of the same kind and type.
  10. 3 levels of Command
    Strategic, tactical, and task
  11. Strategic
    overall objectives
  12. Tactical
    Specific objectives such as ventilation, overhaul salvage, etc.
  13. Task
    Assigned to individual company
  14. Five major functional areas of ICS
    IC, operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration sections
  15. Command
    Responsible for developing strategic goals.  The IC manages goals, not tactics.
  16. Operations Section
    Implementing tactical assignments to meet strategic goals.
  17. Planning Section
    Responsible for development of Incident Action Plan.
  18. Logistics Section
    Responsible for securing facilities, services, equipment and materials for an incident
  19. Finance/administration Section
    Responsible for documenting cost of materials and personnel for future reimbursement.
  20. Safety officer
    Responsible for safety of all responders at an incident.
  21. Liaison Officer
    Responsible for communication and contact between other agencies that respond.
  22. Public Information Officer
    Responsible for providing factual and accurate information concerning an incident to the news media.
  23. Division
    Responsible for operations within an assigned geographic area.
  24. Group
    Functional designation to conduct a specific task
  25. Section
    Organizational level with responsibility for a major function
  26. Branch
    Branches are established to maintain span of control over a number of divisions or groups.
  27. type
    Resource that has specific capabilities or equipment.
  28. Unified Command
    Used to manage an incident involving multiple response agencies or multiple jurisdictions.
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Organization, Command, Control
Organization, Command, Control