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Define Incident Commander:

The nominated competent person on the incident ground.
This may not be the most senior officer present. This arrangement allows the more senior officer to perform a monitoring role, however the most senior officer has a moral and organisational responsibility within Incident Command that cannot be divested.


Who is the initial Incident Commander?

The appliance commander of the first attendance at an incident. Unless relieved by a manager of a higher level.


Watch managers, who takes primacy?

Irrespective of whether they are in an A or B.
The watch manager on whose ground the incident occurs will assume command - unless a watch manager of equal rank is in attendance prior to their arrival.
A substantive watch manager will assume command over a temporary watch manager.


If a watch manager from the station’s ground not be in attendance who will be IC?

The first watch manager in attendance.


At incidents that attract a watch manager as incident commander, when can the ‘Stop’ message be sent?

The 'Stop' should not be transmitted until the watch manager has attended and completed an assessment of the incident in line with Policy Number 341 - Decision making model (DMM).


The primary purposes of operational incident command is:

* To save life
* To prevent further spread/loss/risk of injury
* To mitigate damage
* To mitigate environmental damage
* Minimise disruption to the community


Is there a differentiation in authority levels for middle, senior or principle officers e.g. a substantive station manager is not senior to a station manager who is temporary or on development?



How do you identify the IC?

By a surcoat
White yoke and yellow lower body marked “Incident Commander”.


It is the duty of an officer of higher role to communicate to the IC formally when taking over command by using the statement?

Then what should the new IC do?

"I am taking over".

The new IC must communicate to both Brigade Control and the incident ground that they are taking over.


The span of control for any tactical role at an incident should ideally be limited to how many lines of direct communications, to ensure that commanders do not become overburdened?