The participant will develop an insight into the roles, responsibilities and initial actions of the first arriving incident commander at all-risk, all-hazards incidents. This will occur through an understanding of incident priorities, command sequence and the development of initial strategies within the first minutes of a “working” incident.
In this presentation we will focus on the first arriving officer who serves as the initial incident commander. We will concentrate on identification of incident priorities and implementation of the command sequence to include the establishment of an incident commander position and the necessity of command presence throughout the incident. Through multi-media and dynamic simulations we will develop a sequential methodology that when implemented, will lead to both safe and successful incident management and effective operational deployment. We will reflect on the first minutes where an effective size-up is critical to incident management. Through the command sequence we will apply the concept of POST (priorities, objectives and strategies) and determine through the naturalistic decision process how to determine relevant strategies with implementation through tactical objectives. An emphasis will be placed on the realistic application of NIMS/ICS and ongoing accountability through effective resource management. Specific techniques in the area of command post operations, apparatus placement and resource requirements and deployment will be assessed through a “best practices” approach. The participants will be able to interact in this program to develop their own “ICS Toolbox!”