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Incident command System
Management system used in US to organize emergency response. Was designed to offer a scalable response to incidents of any magnitude.
NIMS
National Incident Management System
NIMS
expanded from FEMA - National Response Plan
History of ICS
Grew out of needs from 1970's wildfires; existing structures did not scale with dealing with massive mutual aid responses involving dozens of agencies
What is the basic guiding idea of ICS
Person at top of the ICS command structure is the responsible party until the task is delagated

Allows for small incident to be handled by few; large incindent may have may people working toward a common goal
ICS no matter what size contains five sections
Command
Operations
Planning
Logistics
Finance and Administration
Command
The Incident Commander (IC) is the single person in charge, and initially fills all five positions. As the incident grows the tasks can be delegated. IC is responsible for all activity on the incident as well as creating the overall incident objectives.
Operations
The Operations Section Chief is tasked with directing all actions to meet the incident objectives
Planning Section Chief
Tasked with the collection and display of incident information, primarily consisting of the status of all resources and overall status of the incident
Logistics
Logistics Chief is tasked with providing all resources, services, and support required by the incident
Finance and Administration
Finance Section Cheif is tasked with tracking incident related costs,personnel records, requisitions, and administering procurement contracts required by Logistics.
Chain of Command
Follows an established organizational structure which adds layers of command as needed
Basic outline of the chain of command
Command
sections
branches
divisions/groups
units
resources
Span of control
A person may be responsible for more than one area if that persons span of control has not been exceeded for the incident. IC can delegate responsibilities
Consiolidated Incident Action Plan
Means that for the specific event, the response is coordinated and managed through one plan of action
Written
IAP should be written
MBO
Management by Objective
Management by Objective
IC and Planning Section are responsible for the development of Strategic Objectives that clearly define what the ICS response team is working to achieve during response operations

IC and Section Cheifs should have a clear understanding
Planning Section Chief
Responsible for ensuring how the objectives define how the ICS plans to address the problems. Strategic objectives should be posted
Important from a post mortem perspective
Unity of command
Individuals report to one supervisor
Modular Organization
Size and focus of the ICS organization depends on the magnitude of the incident . Only larges scale incidents would require full-scale staffing
Comprehensive Resource Management
Management Priciple that implies that all assets and personnel during an event need to be tracked and accounted for