Incident Command System Structure - SECTION 6
Incident Command Post (ICP) – Personnel Descriptions
(The ICP will typically be located at, or near, the scene)
- Overall responsibility for the management of incident activity;
- Even if other functions are not filled, an Incident Commander will always be designated
- Incident Commanders may have one or more deputies;
- Incident Command function may be carried out in two ways:
- Single Command
- Unified Command – a management method to use for multi-jurisdictional and/or multi-agency events. In essence the various agencies’ incident commanders sit together at the command post and make decisions together.
Incident Command System Structure
Public Information Officer (PIO)
- The central point for dissemination of information to the news media and other agencies and organizations.
- Only one Public Information Officer will be named to an incident.
- The Public Information Officer may have assistants.
- Must be qualified to understand the hazards present, and the operations being undertaken at the emergency scene.
- Must assess hazardous and unsafe situations and develop measures for assuring personnel safety.
- May exercise emergency authority to directly stop unsafe acts if personnel are in imminent, life-threatening danger.
- Only one Safety Officer will be named to an incident.
- The Safety Officer may have assistants.
- The point of contact at the incident for personnel from assisting or cooperating agencies.
- Only one Liaison Officer will be named to an incident.
- Very large incidents may require the use of assistants.
- The individual assigned to represent our agency at the County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) or another agency’s EOC.
- This individual must have decision-making authority and knowledge of available resources and tactical capabilities.
- Responsible for all operations of the Campus Emergency Operations Center.
- The CEOC Manager may have an associate support staff person available to assist them.
Operations Section Chief
- Responsible for the direction and coordination of all incident tactical operations.
- May appoint a deputy; develops the Operations Section from the bottom up by first establishing Divisions, Groups and if necessary, Branches.
- May need to set up Staging Areas (which a Staging Manager would run; Staging Areas are locations set up at an incident where resources can be placed while awaiting assignment)
- A common method of organizing tactical operations at an incident is to establish Geographic Divisions, headed by a Division Supervisor
- A second common method of organizing operations at an incident is to establish Functional Groups, headed by Group Supervisors (Medical groups, search and rescue groups, perimeter security group, etc.)
- A third method of organizing is the use of combined Geographic Divisions and Functional Groups.
- A fourth method of organizing is to establish a Branch Structure and assign a Branch Director .
Note: Directors may have deputies but Supervisors may not.
Planning Section Chief
- Responsible for the collection and evaluation of incident situation information, preparing situation status reports, displaying situation information, maintaining status of resources, developing an Incident Action Plan, preparing required incident related documents, and preparing a Demobilization Plan
- Must plan for the next operational period.
- May appoint a deputy.
- May organize four unit-level positions, all headed by Unit Leaders .
Resource Unit – Responsible for all check-in activity and for maintaining the status on all personnel & equipment resources assigned to the incident
Situation Unit – Collects and processes information on the current situation, prepares situation displays & situation summaries, develops maps and projections
Documentation Unit – Prepares the Incident Action Plan, maintains all incident-related documentation & provides duplication services
Demobilization Unit – On large, complex incidents, the Demobilization Unit will assist in ensuring that an orderly, safe, and cost-effective movement of personnel will be made when they are no longer required at the incident
Logistics Section Chief
- Responsible for providing services and support to meet all incident or event needs, geared to supporting personnel & resources.
- May appoint a deputy.
- May organize into two branches, headed by Branch Directors who may have deputies.
Service Branch – Responsible for:
- Communications Unit
- Medical Unit: support for responders including emergency medical transportation plan.
- Food Unit: provides for responders (not community shelter, evacuees, etc
Support Branch – Responsible for:
- Supply Unit: orders personnel equipment and supplies.
- Facilities Unit: provides Managers for the Incident Base & camps.
- Ground Support Unit: provides transportation, and maintains and fuels vehicles assigned to the incident.
Note: Units are headed by Unit Leaders who are not allowed deputies or assistants
Finance/ Administration Section Chief
- Responsible for monitoring incident-related costs, and administering any necessary procurement contract
- May not be activated on all incidents
- If activated may establish up to four units, all headed by Unit Leaders
Time Unit :
- Ensures that all personnel time on an incident or event are recorded
Procurement Unit :
- Processes administrative paperwork associated with equipment rental and supply contracts.
- Responsible for equipment time reporting.
Compensation/ Claims Unit
- Sees that all documentation related to workers compensation for state employees is correctly completed
- Maintains files of injuries and/or illnesses associated with the incident for all state employees
- Handles investigation of all claims involving damaged property associated with or involved in the incident for all state employees
Cost Unit :
- Responsible for collecting all cost information and for providing cost estimates and cost saving recommendations.
If the incident is growing in size or complexity, and/or reaching or exceeding span of control limits (3-7), it is important to rapidly establish the organizational framework necessary to manage the incident. This usually means filling essential General and Command staff positions first, although unit level positions may be filled whenever required. Initial organization development on an expanding incident should provide positions to cover check-in activity, resource tracking and logistical support.