Essays on Incident Command Assignment

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How other agencies could have helped at Harrow Court incident16Conclusion16Works Cited17BackgroundIncidents of fire outbreaks cost loss of lives and destruction of property (Brunacini, 1991). There is need for competent risk assessment and recommendations of incident action plan that meets required safety regulations (Bartosh, 2003). Fire fighters may fail to have training on fire fighting safety precautions like carrying out dynamic risk assessment and this can cost their lives. There is need for dynamic risk assessment in order for sectarisation and tactic mode to be issued. Incidents require competent reporting (Thomas, 2001) in order to provide a learning ground that will help in setting up safety precautions to prevent similar future risks recurring. Continuous risk assessment should follow on-site incident intervention measures until the fire incident if brought under control. Statement of the problemResponse to emergency incidents is characterized by inefficient procedures that are associated with poor information analysis that lead into unreliable incident information; unclear lines of authority; duplication of effort when many command staff report to the same supervisor and lack of common language and terminologies that lead into presence of different organizational structures and cultures. Aims of incident command systemTo strive towards implementation of using common languageTo promote collective approval of on-site operations through dynamic risk assessmentTo promote sharing of facilities among agencies in order to reduce response costsTo improve coordination of respondents in the event of responseSignificance of incident command systemThe report on the case study will highlight improvement on responses to incidents; encourage inter-agency training programs and operations; provide guidelines on responsibilities of different levels of command in incident command system; promote need for dynamic risk assessment; evaluation of safety action plan and incident action plan. Evolution of incident command systemProblems that triggered formation of incident command systemIncident command system evolved due to inefficiency and ineffective response (Robinson, 1998) in incident management.

There were problems of language barrier as a result of use of many languages (national fire protection association, 2000). There were different emergency responses due to different organizational structure. There were no inter-agency partnership and this led into lack of reliable and feasible incident information. The agencies operated independently, used own facilities and this increased costs. On-site incident procedures were compromised with no clear-cut dynamic incident risk assessment. Fire risk assessment for high rise buildingIt shows if residents have knowledge of fire control and fire management (Diguiseppi, et al.

2002) and if there are any fire control procedures that are in place. It provides information on whether there are installed fire extinguishers, automatic smoke detectors or automatic sprinkler system (Diguiseppi, et al. 2002) and if they are functional. The dates of their check for functionality provide a proof that they are well maintained. The report provides information on whether there are clear exit channels for escape in the event of fire outbreak and if the exit channels have functional lighting system (Diguiseppi, et al.

2002). The report also shows if the exit or emergency exits have directional signs in red color to show the route the occupants should follow to get to a safe place (Diguiseppi, et al. 2002).

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