Essays on Incident Command Assignment

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Incident Command System pageIntroduction 1 Incident command system for major incident 1Purpose and advantage of instigating the ICS at 3 emergency incidentsCritical evaluation of ICS for high rise buildings 5Critical evaluation of the management of harrow courtIncident 6Effectiveness of dynamic risk assessment 7 Need for an inter agency liaison and the roleOther agencies in an incident 8Conclusion 91Incident commandIntroductionThis assignment on incident command discusses in brief about the history of incident command, how it is implemented at a major incident, the different levels of command in incident command, what is the purpose of developing an incident command system at an emergency incident, what are the different sectors and commands in an incident command and the span control of a commander.

It also discusses about offensive, defensive and transitional modes in incident command system, the inner cordons and outer cordons and different types of sectorization. It talks a little about the necessity of developing an incident command system for high rises and makes a critical evaluation of the management of incident command at the Harrow Court. Finally it talks about the importance and effectiveness of liaison work with other department/agencies. Incident command system for major incidentThe incident command system was developed in USA in 1970s to fight the massive forest fires.

In spite of adequate infrastructure and resources there were loss of lives and properties in fire incidents. The studies conducted on the subject revealed that the failure in managing the incident was due to the failure in communication and management. Study pointed out that there was absence of systematic planning, pre- defined method and proper command. The basis of incident command system is that a well conceived system with clear commands and coordinated response will help to fight and manage the incidents like fire effectively.

Incident command system is designed on a unified and simplified operation procedure which reduces the failure in communication and its ruinous consequential effects. An incident is managed effectively with incident command system having commanders at different levels giving right commands to personnel posted with specific responsibility. It makes effective controls on personnel, equipments and communication to bring out the desired results. (1)2The incident command system is the procedure for operating at the time of an incident.

Incident can be natural disasters like wild fire, flooding earthquake or man made disasters like structural fires, industrial accidents etc. The incident command system operates at three levels i. e Bronze, Silver and Gold command is effective to control a major incident. Bronze command works very close to the scene and they are responsible for the immediate deployment of the resources for saving the life and property at the scene. It takes orders from the Bronze commander and the commander ensures the safety and efficiency of the force working with him.

Above the Bronze command is Silver command which manages the direction from the Gold command. The Silver command divides commands it received from Gold command into sets of actions to be carried out by Bronze command. It reviews the resources available with the Bronze command and strives to implement and attain the results.

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