ICS 100 Introduction Course - Outline
1.0 Course Overview & Objectives
2.0 Introduction to the Incident Command (management) System
3.0 Main Components of ICS
4.0 IC Roles and Command Functions
5.0 General Section Staff Functions
6.0 ICS Facilities and Identification
7.0 Common Responsibilities
8.0 Short Quiz
The above chart shows the "Command" structure above the black dotted line. There will always be an Incident Command.
The other Command Staff boxes or "functions" shown may not be present on smaller incidents or the early stages of what may become a large incident.
The chart also clearly shows the division in the ICS structure between Command and General Staff.
Note that the white connecting lines show the "chain of command" within the ICS
ICS is NO PLACE
LONE WOLF OR SOLO individual.
Incident Commander - May change
When Changing Incident Commander
( medium to larger incident)
Note: On a smaller incident the I.C. assumes all of the above responsibilities.
(more common on a larger incident)
Under normal circumstances there is one person as the Incident Commander (I.C.) However, in a more complex incident, it is possible to have what is called a Unified Command.
This is when more than one agency is represented and are all in command. An example could be a major disaster to a community and members of the local police, fire, and medical services may all be in the Incident Commander Function - and they would be located physically at the Command Centre which is close to the scene of the incident. (safety considerations being priority)
Management by OBJECTIVES
All decisions are OBJECTIVE driven. Once OBJECTIVES are determined, these are COMMUNICATED TO THE PLANNING SECTION for dispersal to all levels of the IC System.
OBJECTIVES are based on three criteria:
1) Safety of life
2) Prevent Further losses (stabilize) Incident
3) Protect Property Values
plan for longer term protection and security
Objectives set may also be decided by previous jurisdictional directives.
Example: A Forest fire in a national park where park authorities have a Park Management Plan. It may be that natural caused fires will be allowed to burn - at least to certain geographical boundaries. Therefore the main objectives would be to protect and remove persons to safety but to let the other "resources" burn.
At the initial stages of any incident, it may be difficult to be considering "wrapping it all up" some time in the future. However, this is also an important consideration for the IC in the total decision and planning process.
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