The paper "Incident Command System & its Implementation" is an outstanding example of management coursework. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept in the United States. It is a management protocol designed for emergency management agencies and later federalized. ICS is designed to give standard response and operation procedures to reduce the problems and potential for miscommunication on such incidents. (Murphy J, Pg 41) Incidents are defined within ICS as unplanned situations necessitating a response. ( Carmine C, Pg 10) Examples of incidents may include: Emergency medical situation (ambulance service) Hazardous material spills Terrorist attacks Natural disasters such as wildfires, flooding, earthquake or tornado Man-made disasters such as vehicle crashes, industrial accidents, train derailments, or structural fires Search and Rescue operations Hostage crises Events are defined within ICS as planned situations.
Incident command is increasingly applied to events both in emergency management and non-emergency management settings. Examples of events may include: Concerts Parades and other ceremonies Fairs and other gatherings Training exercises To help manage and co-ordinate all issues during an incident many parts of the company have adopted the Incident Command System (ICS) for the framework for managing its incidents.
The advantages gained from this are that it provides a standard common approach to meeting the response needs by: Providing a clear focus for company management and the authorities Providing a simple structure which expands and contracts to suit the incident, while maintaining a clear command and control structure Enabling response team members to be quickly assimilated into a team with minimum training Providing a structure for ensuring that information flow is clear and focused on the correct individuals within the response Ensuring that the response is a system rather than individual-based.
As a consequence, all involved understand their role and objectives Using common terminology.
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