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Incident Command System Identification of Roles Everyone on the incident ground must be identified:- • Incident Commander - White surcoat • Operational Sector Commanders - yellow surcoat / red shoulders • Functional Sector Commanders - yellow surcoat / red & white shoulders with named insert • Command Support - red/white chequered surcoat • Operations Commander - red surcoat
Incident Command System Accountability at Large Incidents • There is a need to account for personnel accurately in different areas of a large incident • By Incident, Sector or both? • Establishing Sector Control points mean that all personnel are booked in and out effectively • Individuals booked in using new Command Wallet operated at Sector Control points
Incident Command System Sector Cordon Identification
Incident Command System The Role of Command Support • Command Support is instigated at every incident where there is operational activity • The role can range from the pump operator passing radio messages at small incidents to whole networks of support functions at large incidents • It is intended to fulfill many of the peripheral support needs of an incident allowing Commanders to focus on the high risk areas • As incidents develop and grow, the Command Support function will increase it’s role and need greater resources
Incident Command System Command Support Resources Incidents of 1 - 3 pumps (or early stages of larger incidents) • On arrival, the initial PDA pump is responsible for allocating personnel to the command support role (usually pump operator), subject to urgent operational needs. • On arrival of the third attending pump, the OIC of that appliance must allocate specific personnel to carry out the command support role, subject to urgent operational needs. At incidents of 4 pumps or more (ultimate command) Control will mobilise :- • Incident Command Unit • A Command Support Commander • A Support Appliance
Command Support Your task is to think of and action all the peripheral tasks that are vital to the smooth running of an incident. You deal with all the support jobs to release the commanders and crews at the ‘sharp end’ to concentrate solely on effective operational activity. You must be PROACTIVE Incident Command System Command Support Duties Specific tasks • Use ICS wallet • Fill out Incident information • Prepare messages • Log risk assessments • Collect nominal roll boards & officer tallies • Anticipate………….. • Nag/support the commander • You must be PROACTIVE
Incident Command System New Command Support Wallet • To be issued shortly, used at incident and sector levels, new command board layouts recording details of: • Significant Incident Information, Control Measures, Tactical Mode and cordons • Copy of DRA • Location of personnel, equipment, tasks and communications • Incident Plan • Notebook for messages and other notes
09:48 hrs Pocket for Mobile Phone 4 x Pockets for nominal roll boards 4 x hooks
Incident Command System Inner Cordons • Cordons should always be considered at an early stage • At small incidents the Incident Cordon doubles as the inner cordon, at larger incidents Sector Cordons act as the inner cordon • They secure the immediate risk area and should be under the control of BFRS with some form of access control • Usually identified by red/white barrier tape • Control of personnel entering the cordon should be done by Command Support personnel who should brief people on hazards, control measures and evacuation arrangements prior to entry.
Incident Command System Outer Cordons • Secure the perimeter of the incident ground to prevent access by members of the public. • Control of persons entering the cordon should be under the control of the police. • All appliances, support vehicles and other agencies should be parked inside the outer cordon.
ICS Review Incident Command process 1 – 3 pumps Confirm comms with Crew Commanders and other relevant posts Crew CC Crews & Control informed of Tactical Mode BA BA ICS Wallet taken over / set up ECO Initial DRA, plan made & operational activity started Command vehicle identified Crew DRA process repeated regularly IC Tabard donned IC CS Inner Cordon Outer Cordon IC of the 3rd pump responsible for setting up a formal command support point with dedicated staff Cordons now important Police
ICS Review As an incident grows if the basics are in place the growth of ICS can be applied at the right time and effectively At this stage (10 - 15 mins) there should be:- - An identified IC - Risk assessment recorded - Plan made & implemented - Dedicated CS personnel (1) - Marshalling considered - Comms links to CCs - Cordons established - A plan for make up resources READY TO SECTORISE AS RESOURCES ARRIVE WRT Crew WRT Crew BA BA BA BA BA Outer Cordon ECO Inner Cordon IC CS Outer Cordon RP WRT Police Police Contact Point
ICS Review Some bits to remember:- • Always apply the basics; surcoat, cordons, risk assessment decisions, declare tactical mode • Don’t apply too many aspects of ICS too soon, keep it simple • OIC of third appliance responsible for formalising dedicated Command Support • Command Support can mean marshalling, deploying pumps cordons etc. as well as starting the wallet • Be proactive if carrying out Command Support duties, don’t be shy • All support sectors report to Command Support not the IC • Use the logistics area/officer at larger incidents Any Questions?