Essays on Incident Command System - Harrow Court Incident Case Study

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The paper 'Incident Command System - Harrow Court Incident" is a good example of a management case study. Many issues surround human beings and environment that may cause a problem any time. Issues such as global warming, floods, terrorism contribute to all dangers that humanity faces. There should be structures that managers these incidents and an example are the Incident Command System that contains a hierarchal command structure. ICS will be discussed and Harrow Court Incident will be taken as an example of the benefit that could have resulted if ICS would have been employed.

In addition, the different parts and functions of ICS are discussed. Brief History Incident Command System (ICS) was developed in the 1970s after the massive fire fighting in California and other catastrophic fires in the urban places of California. This fire results in property loss, injuries and even deaths. From this, it was evident that the existing structure was not able to deal with threats that involved many districts. Hence, it was developed to clarify the command structure during large-scale incidents. It was embraced by many countries like Australia and the United Kingdom (Taylor 1999). Gold Silver Bronze command structure It is used to establish a hierarchical framework that is used for command and control of different levels of incident and disasters.

The terms strategic, tactical and operational are grouped, as gold is for strategic, silver for tactical and bronze for operational. Gold Commander formulates strategies that are used in dealing with an incident; the commander is not at the incident site but at a distance office. Silver Commander receives direction from the Gold Commander and breaks these instructions into sets that can be followed by Bronze Commander.

Bronze commander is within an incident scene and works in hand with the staff at the site. Bronze Commander is under the police during emergency cases apart from those that are related to Fire and Rescue Incidents (Thom 2001).


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