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Incident Command System

Field Observer

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The following sections provide information on this position:







Field Observer  - General

The Field Observer - is responsible for collecting situation information from personal observations at the incident and provides this information to the Situation Unit Leader (SUL).



Field Observer - Specific Responsibilities

The major responsibilities of the Field Observer are:

  • Review Common Responsibilities.

  • Determine:

    • Location of assignment.

    • Type of information required.

    • Priorities.

    • Time limits for completion.

    • Method of communication.

    • Method of transportation.
  • Obtain a copy of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) for the Operational Period.

  • Obtain necessary equipment and supplies.

  • Perform Field Observer responsibilities to include but not limited to the following:

    • Perimeters of incident.

    •  Locations of hot spots.

    • Unburned islands.

    • Rates of spread.

    • Weather conditions.

    • Hazards including escape routes and safe areas.

    • Progress of operations resources.
  • Be prepared to identify all facility locations (e.g., Helispots, Division and Branch boundaries).

  • Report information to the Situation Unit Leader (SUL) by established procedure.

  • Report immediately any condition observed that may cause danger and a safety hazard to personnel.

  • Gather intelligence that will lead to accurate predictions.

  • Maintain Unit/Activity Log (ICS Form 214, 5 KB PDF*).


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