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Incident Command System

Common Responsibilities


The following is a checklist applicable to all personnel in an ICS organization:

  • Receive assignment from your agency, including:
    • Job assignment (e.g., Strike Team designation, position, etc.).
    • Resource order number and request number.
    • Reporting location.
    • Reporting time.
    • Travel instructions.
    • Any special communications instructions (e.g., travel, radio frequency).
  • Upon arrival at the incident, check-in at the designated check-in location. Check-in may be found at any of the following locations:
    • Incident Command Post (ICP)
    • Base or Camps
    • Staging Areas
    • Helibases

Note: If you are instructed to report directly to a line assignment, check-in with the Division/Group Supervisor.

  • Receive briefing from immediate supervisor.
  • Agency Representatives from assisting or cooperating agencies report to the Liaison Officer (LO) at the ICP after check-in.
  • Acquire work materials.
  • Supervisors shall maintain accountability for their assigned personnel with regard as to exact location(s) and personal safety and welfare at all times, especially when working in or around incident operations.
  • Organize and brief subordinates.
  • Know your assigned radio frequency(s) for your area of responsibility and ensure that communication equipment is operating properly.
  • Use clear text and ICS terminology (no codes) in all radio communications. All radio communications to the Incident Communications Center will be addressed: "(Incident Name) Communications" (e.g., "TWA 800 Communications").
  • Complete forms and reports required of the assigned position and send through the supervisor to the Documentation Unit.
  • Respond to demobilization orders and brief subordinates regarding demobilization.

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