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The officer being relived will brief the officer assuming command

1. General situation status and prioritize objectives

2. Incident location conditions and extension

3. Effectiveness of control and stabilization efforts

4. Deployment and assignments of operating companies

5. Appraisal of needs for additional resources.


Command Staff Officers

Command staff officers report to the incident commander and is responsible for key activities which are not part of the line organization and do not count against the incident commanders span of control


Liaison officer - agency representative reports to liaison officer

Safety officer



Reports to the incident commander formulate and releases information about incident to news media and other agencies once approved by the incident commander

Is responsible for providing press identification for the incident scene prepares an initial news release as soon as possible


Liaison officer

Reports to the incident commander. he is responsible for interacting with incident personnel from outside agencies that are accomplishing various functions at the incident scene; provides identification of liaison personnel for the incident; and monitors the incident for current or potential inter-agency problems


Agency Representative

Is an individual assigned to an incident from an assisting or cooperating agency that has been delegated authority to make decisions on matters affecting that agency’s participation at the incident. Reports to the incident liaison officer


Safety officer

Reports to the incident commander. Monitors the incident scene to identify actual or potential unsafe operations investigates related injuries and accidents that involve personnel operating at the incident advises incident personnel in regard to unsafe conditions or operations and makes recommendations for procedural changes to correct unsafe procedures or operational subsequent to the incident

Authority and responsibility to immediately stop any unsafe act


Operations (suppression & EMS)

Operations is responsible for the management direction and execution of all tactical operations related to the incident

Tactical divisions are organized by geographical assignments in groups are organized by functional assignments


Operation Section Chief

Is responsible for all tactical operations at the incident including branches divisions and or groups task forces strike teams single resources and staging areas



The staging manager shall establish and identify a location in or near the incident area.

Maintain inventory of all resources available in the staging area

The location should be away from the danger zone large in size and easily identifiable readily accessible for large equipment and large number of personnel, Arranged so that resources can be easily disbursed tightly controlled in capable of being relocated

Reports to the incident commander in the event there is no operations section chief establish



The organizational level having functional or geographic responsibility for major parts of the operations or logistic functions.

The branch level is organizationally between section and the division/ group in the operation section and between section and units in the logistics section

Branches are identified by the use of Roman numerals or by functional name example medical, security etc.


Air Operations Branch

The organizational level responsible for preparing and implementing the air operations portion of the incident action plan

Responsible for providing logistical support to helicopters operating on the incident



Divisions are used to divide an incident into geographical areas of operation

A division is located within the ICS organization between the branch and the task force/strike team

Divisions are identified by alphabetic characters for horizontal applications and, often by floor numbers when used in buildings



Groups are established to divide the incident into functional areas of operation

Groups are composed of resources assemble to perform a special function not necessarily within a single geographic division

Groups are located between branches (when activated) and resources in the operation section


Strike Team

Is a specified combination of the same kind and type of resource with common communications and a leader


Task Force

Is a combination of single resource assembled for a particular tactical need with common communications and a leader


Single Resource

An individual a piece of equipment and it’s personal or a crew or team of individuals with an identified work supervisor that can be used on an incidentp


Medical Operations

Is responsible for the management coordination and direction of all operations related to the treatment and medical care of victims of an emergency incident


Planning Section

The planning section chief is responsible for collecting and analyzing and reporting information relating to the incident


Planning Section Chief

Is responsible for the collection, evaluation and dissemination of information related to the incident and for the preparation and documentation of the incident action plan

The section also maintains information on the current and forecasted situation and on the status of resources assigned to the incident commander (includes the situation, resources, documentation and demobilization Units as well as technical specialist


Resources Unit (Leader)

Functional unit within the planning section responsible for recording the status resources committed to the incident. The unit also evaluates resources currently committed to the incident the impact that additional responding resources will have on the incident anticipated resource needs

Reports to the planning section chief


Situation Unit (leader)

Functional unit within the planning section responsible for the collection organization and analysis of incident status information and for analysis of the situation as it progresses. Also develops projections and forecasts of future events related to the incident he reports to the planning section chief


Demobilization Unit (leader)

Functional unit within the planning section responsible for assuring orderly safe and efficient demobilization of incident resources


Documentation Unit (leader)

Functional unit within the planning section responsible for collecting recording and safeguarding all documents relevant to the incident


Technical specialist

Maybe used to provide specialized information required for the initial report to the planning section but can then be assigned to any part of the ICS organization where needed.Technical specialists are responsible to provide specific technical support which may be called upon depending upon the needs of the incident. Example

Water officer
Particular hazardous materials specialize information
Gas company advisor for gas leaks
Building engineer for plans reading in a high-rise incident


Logistics Section Chief

Is responsible for providing those facilities services and materials necessary to support suppression and rescue and EMS operations


Service Branch Director

Is branch within the logistics section responsible for service activities at the incident includes the communication, medical, and food units


Communications Unit (leader)

Is an organizational unit in the logistics section responsible for providing communication services at an incident including supervision and operations of the incident communication center; distribution and recovery of communications equipment


Medical Unit (leader)

Functional unit within the service branch of logistics section responsible for the deployment of the medical emergency plan and for providing emergency medical treatment of the incident personal


Food Unit (leader)

Is a functional unit within the service branch of the logistics section responsible for providing meals for incident personal


Support Branch (director)

Is a branch within the logistics section responsible for providing personal equipment and supplies to support incident operations includes the supply facilities and grounds support units

Supply unit (leader)
Facilities unit (leader)
Ground support unit (leader)