2 PARTNERSHIP IN INCIDENT MANAGEMENT Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Jose L. Cronenbold
3 Integrated Communications Integrated communications is a system that uses standard operating procedures, a common communications plan, common equipment and common terminology. Several communication technologies may be established, depending on the size and complexity of the organization and the incident.
4 Unified Command Structure A unified command allows all departments or groups with responsibility for the incident, to manage an incident by establishing a common set of incident objectives and strategies. Unified command does not mean losing or giving up agency (departmental) authority, responsibility, or accountability, it simply provides for a coordinated response.
7 ADVANTAGES OF USING UNIFIED COMMAND One set of objectives Collective approach to strategies Improved information flow and coordination Better understanding of objectives, priorities, limitations, and restrictions
8 ADVANTAGES OF USING UNIFIED COMMAND Each agency ’ s plans, actions, and constraints are known No compromise of authority Optimizes combined efforts of all agencies Cost effective
9 UNIFIED COMMAND APPLICATIONS B A C A FIRE LAW HEALTH C B A D E Incidents That Affect More Than One Political Jurisdiction Incidents Involving Multiple Agencies Within a Jurisdiction Incidents That Impact on Multiple Geographic and Functional Agencies
10 UNIFIED INCIDENT COMMAND STAGING AREAS AIR OPERATIONS RESOURCES DIVISIONS LAW BRANCH 1 RESOURCES DIVISIONS FIRE BRANCH 2 RESOURCES GROUPS MEDICAL BRANCH 3 OPERATIONS SECTION CHIEF (LAW) DEPUTY (FIRE) DEPUTY (HEALTH) LAW FIRE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS (SINGLE/TEAMS/TASK FORCES)
11 MULTI-JURISDICTION BRANCH ORGANIZATION Unified Command City-County Utility Planning City Branch Logistics Finance/Administration County Branch Operations Utility Branch Medical Branch
12 UNIFIED COMMAND FEATURES Single integrated incident organization Collocated facilities Integrated planning process - Incident Action Plan
13 UNIFIED COMMAND FEATURES Shared planning/intelligence, logistical and finance/admin. functions Coordinated resource ordering
14 A UNIFIED COMMAND ORGANIZATION DEPENDS ON: The location of the incident, which often determines the jurisdictions that must be involved The kind of incident, which dictates the functional agencies of the involved jurisdiction(s), as well as other agencies that may be involved
15 Incident Action Plans (IAP) IAP’s describe response goals, operational objectives, and support activities. –Include the measurable goals and objectives to be achieved. They are always prepared around a timeframe called an operational period. –Operational periods can be of various lengths, but should be no longer than 24 hours. Twelve- hour operational periods are common for large- scale incidents. At the beginning of an incident the time frame is often short, 2 - 4 hours. The Incident Commander determines the length of the operational period based on the complexity and size of the incident.
16 Pre-designated Command Centers Pre-designated command centers that are appropriate for the risk and hazards. –Ideally have two; a primary and a backup. –Determine location once you have done a hazard analysis.
17 Comprehensive Resource Management Comprehensive resource management allows an organization to: –Maximize resource use. –Consolidate control of single resources. –Reduce the communications load. –Provide accountability. –Ensure personnel safety.