Key Personnel/Identification of Roles and Responsibilities
The Incident Commander
The Incident Commander (IC) is head of the command function. ICs are
selected on the basis of who has primary authority for overall control
of the incident. The IC may change at various stages of the incident
but initially will be the senior official on the scene until relieved
by a more senior or expert individual..
The IC is responsible for overall management of the incident. Major
concerns for command include:
Performing command activities,
such as establishing command and establishing a Command Post.
Protecting life and property.
Controlling resources, including personnel
Ensuring personnel accountability for
safety and task accomplishment.
Maintaining effective liaison with outside
agencies and resources.
Incident management includes the following major responsibilities:
Ensuring responder safety.
Assessing incident priorities.
Developing and implementing the
incident action plan.
Developing an appropriate organizational
Maintaining a manageable span
Managing incident resources.
Coordinating overall emergency activities.
Coordinating activities of outside agencies.
Authorizing release of information to
An effective IC must be proactive, decisive, objective, calm, and a
quick thinker. To handle all the responsibilities of this role,
the IC also needs to be adaptable, flexible, and realistic about his
or her limitations.