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The incident commander is called upon to ------ and -------the manual labor required to produce an ---- and -------incident outcome, so the command functions must (if they are to be effective) be closely connected to all -------- that make up the incident response

Orchestrate and support
Effective and standard
Moving parts


The plain and simple objective of the incident commander is to always perform whatever amount of command (no more, no less) it takes to

Produce safe, effective action and continually adjust to match the changing needs of a dynamic incident


What type of incident commander does the operation require?

A lucid, competent incident commander, actively in attendance, who can pull the trigger at the right time and aim the command cannon in the right direction.


The upfront section is arranged and three basic clumps:

1) what changes – what doesn't
2) The incident commander
3) The IMS package


Actively coaching the troops through the change process is

A major role of good bosses. Sensibly sorting out what has, from what hasn't, changed house workers use current capabilities as the launching pad for developing new skills that match what hasn't he changed


IMS development has created the capability to proactively – ahead of the event – build a set of standard operating procedures that creates a consistent

Organizational command plan


Forms a simple, doable plan that outlines the moves and formations of the incident commander and the command team

The Eight standard command functions


Why was that the lack of pre-incident planning really a problem in the beginning of the event?

1)We had no standard starting point for command and operations
2) Front and confusion typically produced an out of control beginning
3) we spent the rest of the incident trying to catch up to being under control


The "nonsystem"(before IMS developed) produced and a lot of breakdowns that occurred over and over – one old sage called it

Practicing mistakes


Operational problems are----- and -----
Command problems are

Operational problems are physical and tactical; command problems are organizational based leadership problems.


What IMS has changed is how the IC and the command/ops team will ------ themselves when they respond at the timeless stuff that all comes together to cause an incident to be an incident.



What is BIMS and AIMS?

Before IMS and after IMS
A practical and accurate way for us to observe what IMS has changed is to compare a series of old BIMS snapshots with those of a new AIMS response


Before ICS(BIMS) there was no such phrase as "incident commander".BIMS used the term

Fire ground commander(FGC)


An important IMS change involves the IC developing an

Incident action plan
The capital IAP provides the plan for how our action will make contact with the incident problem – this engagement becomes the essence of why we are in business


What standard strategies are the foundation of the incident action plan

The standard offensive/marginal/defensive


The incident action plan creates what type of connection between the incident commander and the operational team?

Predictable, dependable, and very practical


When the incident commander arrives on scene (after we start operations) what standard set of briefing questions do they ask?

1) waddaya got?
2)Waddaya doin?
3)whatsit doin?
4)waddaya need?
5) Is everybody okay?
The IAP provides a quick answer to #2; The ongoing answers to #1 and #4 will describe how waddaya doin will answer #3. The answer to #5 will indicate if we should keep fighting a run


As we trudge through the eight command functions, we must continually connect the IC doing his/her job with the

actual physical labor that quickly solves the customers problem


The basic objectives for command assumption is for command to always

Start in a standard way upon our arrival at the incident


It is important to have the initial arriving officer to assume command from their arrival because

The first arrived is really the only person who can directly evaluate conditions and use the observable information to develop on scene decisions


The term command refers to

Jointly to the person, the functions, and the location of command, and provides a standard identification tag for the incident commander


Within and affected IMS system function replaces

Rank and hopefully displaces ego


The basic agreement among the response team that keeps IMS going is that the first arriver becomes the IC and responders, who arrived after command is established, doing the following three things:

1) following staging SOP's (Park/announce position/listen/look/waiting for orders)
2) staged units receive and acknowledge orders from the incident commander
3) go to work on the incident commanders order/work under the incident commanders command


Assuming command at the very beginning of operations eliminates the

Zero impact command. (ZIP) caused by initial commanded confusion, roving, multiple commanders, or free enterprise or all of the above


The fast action mode should be concluded rapidly with one of the following outcomes:

1) The situation is quickly stabilized (incident problem is solved) by fast offensive of action
2) command is transferred from the fast action company officer IC to a later arriving company/command officer
3) for whatever reason the situation is not stabilized, the fast action company officer IC moves to and exterior (stationary) command position and is now in the command mode


When a company officer assumes the command mode, he/she has several options with regard to crew assignments. The initial company officer IC may:

1) move up and acting officer within the company
2) A sign company personnel to staff (aide) functions to assist the IC
3) A sign company personnel to another company


The standard initial arriving report should include:

unit designation, arrival, assumption of command, conditions, and the name and location of that command post


Regular operating units/officers arriving at an incident with an in place IC must fall under one of the following four standard status categories

1) use regular arriving procedures (staging), receive an assignment from the incident commander, and then work under the incident commanders command
2) transfer and take command, if you out rank the current incident commander
3) if requested, take command from the incident commander by virtue of having higher rank/qualification, following standard procedures, or agreement/request ("Please take command")
4) join the incident commander and become part of the command team


Describe the standard command position/location

A stationary one, inside a command vehicle or a piece of response apparatus that is then, called the "command post"


The command post should be situated in a standard and predictable location that affords the incident commander a good view of the scene and surrounding area. Ideally, it would also offer a vantage/viewpoint of

Two sides of the situation generally the front and most critical side