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Liaison Officer

Liaison Officer
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Liaison Officer - General

The Liaison Officer - (LO) Incidents that are multi-jurisdictional, or have several agencies involved, may require the establishment of the LO position on the Command Staff.

Only one LO will be assigned for each incident, including incidents operating under UC and multi-jurisdiction incidents. The LO may have assistants as necessary, and the assistants may also represent assisting agencies or jurisdictions. The Joint Information Center (JIC) Manual should be reviewed regarding the organization and duties of the LO.

Liaison Officer - Specific Responsibilities

The LO is assigned to the incident to be the contact for assisting and/or cooperating Agency Representatives.

  • Review Common Responsibilities.

  • Be a contact point for Agency Representatives.

  • Maintain a list of assisting and cooperating agencies and Agency Representatives. Monitor check-in sheets daily to ensure that all Agency Representatives are identified.

  • Assist in establishing and coordinating interagency contacts.

  • Keep agencies supporting the incident aware of incident status.
  • Monitor incident operations to identify current or potential inter-organizational problems.

  • Participate in planning meetings, providing current resource status, including limitations and capability of assisting agency resources.

  • Coordinate response resource needs for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) activities with the Operations Section Chief (OPS) during oil and HAZMAT responses. Coordinate response resource needs for incident investigation activities with the OPS.

  • Ensure that all required agency forms, reports and documents are completed prior to demobilization.

  • Have debriefing session with the Incident Commander prior to departure.

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

  • Coordinate activities of visiting dignitaries

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