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FIRE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. INTERMEDIATE: SFFMA OBJ – 1-02.01 – 1-02.05 16hrs credit received . Reasons for Incident Command. Standardized organizational structures, processes, and procedures Standards of planning, training and exercising, and personnel qualification standards

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fire department organization

FIRE DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION

INTERMEDIATE:

SFFMA OBJ – 1-02.01 – 1-02.05

16hrs credit received

reasons for incident command
Reasons for Incident Command
  • Standardized organizational structures, processes, and procedures
  • Standards of planning, training and exercising, and personnel qualification standards
  • Equipment acquisitions and certification standards
  • Interoperable communications processes, procedures, and systems
  • Information management systems
  • Supporting technologies – voice and data communications systems, information systems, data display systems, and specialized technologies
incident command responsibilities
Incident Command Responsibilities
  • Ultimately responsible for all incident activities, including the development and implementation of an Incident Action Plan (IAP)
  • Authority to call resources to the incident and to release them from it
  • IC may delegate authority to the Command Staff
command staff
Command Staff
  • Safety Officer
    • Monitors incident operations and advises the IC on all matters related to operational safety, including health and safety emergency responder personnel
  • Liaison Officer
    • Point of contact for other governmental and nongovernmental agencies and private sector organizations involved in the incident
  • Public Information Officer
    • Responsible for interfacing with the public and media
4 functional areas of ic
4 Functional Areas of IC
  • Operations Section Chief (Ops)
    • Reports directly to the IC and is responsible for all activities focused on reducing the immediate hazard, saving lives and property
    • Ops directs the tactical operations to meet the strategic goal of the IAP
    • In large scale ops, Ops is responsible for staging area
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4 Functional Areas of IC
  • Logistics Section Chief (Logistics)
    • Responsible for all support requirements needed to facilitate effective and efficient incident management
    • Included is ordering resources from off-incident locations
  • Planning Section Chief (Plans)
    • Responsible for the collection, documentation, evaluation, and dissemination of incident situation information and intelligence to the IC
    • Tracks the status off all resources assigned to the incident and for developing the IAP for review and approval by the IC
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4 Functional Areas of IC
  • Finance Section Chief (Finance)
    • Established when the agencies involved require finance and other administrative support
    • Not all incidents require Finance Officer
ics terms
ICS Terms
  • Assigned— Resources currently committed
  • Available — Resources checked-in and not assigned
  • Branch — Organizational level between Divisions/Groups and the IC and operations

(Continued)

Firefighter I

ics terms1
ICS Terms
  • Command— Function of directing, ordering, and controlling resources
  • Command Post — Location from which all incident operation are directed
  • Division — A geographic designation assigning responsibility for all operations within a defined area

(Continued)

Firefighter I

ics terms2
ICS Terms
  • Group— A functional designation
  • Incident Action Plan (IAP) — Written or unwritten plan for managing the emergency
  • Incident Commander (IC) — Officer in overall charge of the incident

(Continued)

Firefighter I

ics terms3
ICS Terms
  • Out-of-service— Resources not available
  • Resources — All personnel and major pieces of apparatus on scene or en route

(Continued)

Firefighter I

ics terms4
ICS Terms
  • Resource Status— Resources are in one of three status modes:
    • Available
    • Assigned
    • Out-of-service

(Continued)

Firefighter I

ics terms5
ICS Terms
  • Single Resource — Individual personnel and equipment teams
  • Strike Team — Set number of resources of the same kind and type
  • Strategic Mode — Determines positions for companies: offensive and defensive

(Continued)

Firefighter I

ics terms6
ICS Terms
  • Supervisor— Someone in command of a division or a group
  • Task Force— Any combination of resources assembled in support of a specific mission

Firefighter I

interaction with emergency medical services
Interaction With Emergency Medical Services
  • If fire department personnel do not provide EMS or medical transportation, they should develop a relationship with those who do
  • Firefighters must have appropriate level of first-aid training

Firefighter I

interaction with hospitals
Interaction With Hospitals
  • May operate ambulances and provide EMS; usually do not
  • Hospital personnel may be called to an emergency scene
    • Mass casualty incidents
    • Advanced life support
    • Serious entrapment

Firefighter I

interaction with law enforcement
Interaction With Law Enforcement
  • Law enforcement and fire personnel must understand each other’s roles and priorities
  • Law enforcement may be present at fire scene
  • Firefighters may assist law enforcement

Firefighter I

interaction with utility companies
Interaction With Utility Companies
  • Many incidents involve utility providers (electricity, natural gas, and water) so fire personnel must have a good working relationship

(Continued)

Firefighter I

interaction with utility companies1
Interaction With Utility Companies
  • Fire units must coordinate with utilities on mutual responses
  • May have specially trained and equipped emergency response teams

Firefighter I

interaction with media
Interaction With Media
  • NIMS-ICS includes a Public Information Officer for dealing with the media
  • Students should not make comments or express opinions; refer to PIO
  • Can play an important role in delivery of news based on an incident

Firefighter I

interaction with other agencies
Interaction With Other Agencies
  • Any possible contacts should be identified and a relationship established

Examples: Public health departments, coroner/medical examiner’s officers, EPA

Firefighter I

practical exercise
Practical Exercise
  • Instructor led ICS Scenario Trainer
    • Ensure all sections of ICS System are emplaced