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
ICS is NO PLACE
LONE WOLF OR SOLO individual.
Prior to and at the beginning of a formal INCIDENT
Each involved agency / jurisdiction must;
Each individual shall provide;
Unity of Command
Each person involved in the ICS organization must only report to one supervisor.
Span of Control
You will note above that the Incident Command has only four “boxes” or Sections to be directly responsible for. The IC is overseeing or “controlling” these Sections.
It is therefore stated that there is a “Span of Control”. ... and in the above diagram , the “Span of Control” is four.
The standard Span of Control is three to five and it can extend to a maximum of seven. Therefore we say the Span of Control within the Incident Command System is three to a maximum of seven.
Five is the preferred Span of Control. (Note the Span of Control in diagram below)
In the blackboard diagram(S), below you ail see that the IC. has a total of 7 subordinates. Remember, there are always Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance & Admin. The light green boxes (1, 2, & 3) could also be supervised by a Deputy I.C. then the Span of Control for the IC would revert back to four. … and the Deputy I.C. would have three as a Span of Control.
Transfer of Command - moving the responsibility of Incident Command from one person to another (or in some cases - an agency). It could also be from a single Incident Commander (IC) to a Unified Command. Some form of formal briefing should also be conducted. It can be oral but written is highly recommended.
Develop Incident Action Plan (IAP) - Planning Section
ICS, Command and General Staff develop operational goals and Planning creates an IAP which is based on managing by objectives. This is usually a longer term document however it is also often completed for each operational period.
A basic IAP has four sections.
Communications System(s) - Logistics Section
Developed by Logistics
Much of the above must be developed and implemented prior to any emergency incident occurring.
Involved personnel and agencies must use only standard ICS terminology. They must "leave" their specific agency terminology and acronyms back in their usual place of work.
Demobilization - Planning Section
Demobilization Unit Leader is subordinate to the Planning Section Chief
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