The paper "Incident Command and its Implementation in Major Incident" is a great example of management coursework. Investigation report from an incident often cited the lack of an organized and effective fire department command structure. The death of two gallant firefighters at the high-rise flats incident in Harrow Court substantiated the fact that an impulsive and uncoordinated response can be fatal. Our report will focus on the concept of incident management and the importance of Incident Command System in handling various emergencies. We will discuss the role of different commanders and agencies in incident management.
Present the significance of sectorisation and dynamic risk assessment, and analysis and evaluation of the Harrow Court incident. Incident Command and its Implementation in Major Incident Brief History of Incident Command The incident command system or ICS was developed exclusively for the fire service as an emergency management structure for fighting forest fires (Beavers 2003, p. 580). The ICS provides for a coordinated response, a clear chain of command, and safe operations (Gustin 2007, p. 302; Brennan 1998, p. 36). ICS was developed under the FIRESCOPE organisation in California in the 1970s (Ward 2005, p. 294; Cameron 1994, p. 62).
The concept of an ICS was actually developed in the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in California in the 1970s. During 13 days in 1970, 16 lives were lost, 700 structures were destroyed, and over one-half million acres burned. Although all of the responding agencies work together to the top of their ability, various problems with communication and coordination weighed down their usefulness (Radvanovsky 2006, p. 98; Paton and Flin 1999, p. 264). Bronze, Silver, and Gold Levels- The Role of the Incident Commander According to Gray et.
al. (2004, p. 275), the services involved at each level depend on the type of incident. Bronze command or ‘ operational bronze’ is entirely concerned with gaining control at the scene and the coordination of life and property saving process. Crew focus on their own role until directed otherwise after the establishment of silver and gold command. Silver command or ‘ tactical silver’ comprises of senior public service officers based at the scene of the incident or as close as is safe to be.
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