Question 1: Who is the Incident Commander?
The Fire Captain/Station Commander is the Incident Commander because he is the senior first-responder to arrive at the scene.
Question 2: What do you do as the Battalion Commander arrives on scene? Why is important for you to perform these tasks/activities?
As the Battalion Commander arrives on scene, command will transfer from the Fire Captain (assuming he is the current Incident Commander) to the Battalion Commander, because the Battalion Commander will then be the senior official at the scene. At the transfer of command, the Fire Captain will give the Battalion Commander a full briefing and notify all staff of the change in command. The Incident Commander must perform these tasks so that all staff will be aware of the official who is in charge of managing the incident, and the Battalion Commander will be knowledgeable of how the situation has progressed up to the point at which he arrived at the scene.
Question 3: Who will make the next call as to the next step in the management/control of the incident? Will the Battalion Commander remain the Incident Commander once Federal, State, or local law enforcement officials arrive on scene?
The responsible jurisdiction or agency may make the next call as to management/control of the incident. As the incident grows larger or more complex, the agency or jurisdiction may appoint a more highly qualified IC. Assuming that a new IC has not been appointed, the Battalion Commander would remain the Incident Commander and continue to manage the incident. The Battalion Commander would also remain the IC once the law enforcement officials arrive. Government officers and officials are typically considered EOC, and they would work with the current IC to assess what resources are needed at the scene.
Question 4: The IC is actually limited in their decision-making authority in that broader, policy based decisions and requests for additional support are made to the Emergency Operations Center (EOP). Briefly, discuss the differences between the role and responsibility of the IC and the Commander of the EOP.
The Incident Commander is in command of the incident scene. In a small incident, he may assume responsibility for all components; however, he may delegate responsibility in more complex incidents. The IC utilizes basic principles, such as common terminology, a modular organization, and integrated communications to ensure quick and effective resource commitment while minimizing disruption to responding organizations.
The Emergency Operations Center usually works with the IC in larger or more complex incidents. The EOC may function under an ICS structure, but it is responsible for community-wide resource management. The EOC locates resources and personnel then dispatches them to the scene of the incident, where they will be under the control of the IC.
Question 5: Who is responsible for the Action Plan and is one necessary for this emergency?
The IC is generally responsible for the Action Plan; however, he may delegate this responsibility by establishing a Planning Section and placing it in charge of the Action Plan. Because this situation has expanded to include a cache of weapons and unexploded ordinances, an Action Plan is necessary to set forth what activities will be taken to address the hazard posed by the explosives.