TABLE OF CONTENTSITEMPAGE #Introduction iBrief History 1Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of Command 2Sectorisation 3Line of Command (See Appendix “A”) 5Sector Commander 5Operations Commander 6Incident Commander 6Functional Officer 7Span of Control 7Use of Command Support 8Inner and Outer Cordons 8Fire Risk Assessment in the workplace 9The Identification and Location of all persons at reasonable risk 10Risk Reduction 10Risk Evaluation 11Principle and application of means of escape/a commercial building 11Mechanical and Electrical means for protecting a building 14Building Regulations 14References 16Appendix “A” 17Appendix “B” 18Appendix “C” 19iIntroduction In this paper I will highlight certain aspects of the Incident Command System, and Fire Risk Assessment, as the aspects of these two functions are elucidated one should develop a clearer understanding of the operations, procedures and responsibilities which are placed upon firefighters and rescuers, when they are deployed to an incident.
Additionally, this piece will show that the fire and rescue apparatus strives to be extremely synchronized, when it comes to performing the many tasks which are brought into being as the result of an incident. This paper will show that whilst the Incident Command System may bring together different types of organizations, many of whom have never worked together in the past, that their training in a common emergency scenario, enables them to work together effectively and efficiently, towards accomplishing a common goal.
The UK government has enacted legislation which makes it compulsory for businesses to ensure that their work environments are safe and healthy. Businesses are required to carry out risk assessments on their premises, to assure that untold hazards do not exist. Additionally, if certain types of hazards are discovered, then they are obliged to correct them, in attempts to prevent an incident.
Also, if an incident does occur in their workplaces, employers would have provided adequate information and drills to their employees on proper evacuation procedures. The risk assessments in the workplace also provide the employers, via building regulations, the proper methods, and types of materials which should be placed in the repair or construction of buildings. 1Incident Command SystemBrief History The fact that the ICS is capable of being applicable on any level of incident, and it has adopted a common structure and jargon, it can respond and be effectively implemented in national or international incidents.
The management protocol of the ICS was originally designed for emergency management agencies, it has a built in flexible, scaled response; it can adapt to very small emergencies or tuned up to accommodate large emergencies. The most positive aspect of the system is, the responders can be brought in from all types of agencies and immediately adhere to the specific type of command which is to serve as the operating mode for an emergency.
The system is so standardized until there is a minimum chance for miscommunication among the responders, who normally do not work together. The hierarchical order of the command structure has resulted in the ICS being termed as a first on scene structure. This usually enables the first responder