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Which ICS Functional Area Sets The Incident Objectives, Strategies, And Priorities, And Has Overall Responsibility For The Incident?

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Question: Which ICS functional area sets the incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for the incident?
A. Command
B. Operations
C. Logistics
D. Finance/Administration

Quick answer: A. Command.

This question is a part of ICS 200 answers.

Broad Description

The Incident Command System (ICS) functional area that sets the incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for the incident is true ‘Command.’

The Incident Command System is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of emergency response providing a common hierarchy within which responders from multiple agencies can be effective.

Here’s a brief summary of the roles:

  1. Command: The command function is responsible for setting the incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for the incident. The Incident Commander usually performs this.
  2. Operations: The operations function is responsible for all activities focused on reducing the immediate hazard, saving lives and property, establishing situational control, and restoring normal operations.
  3. Planning: The planning function is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and disseminating operational information related to the incident. They prepare and document Incident Action Plans, track resources, and maintain incident documentation.
  4. Logistics: The logistics function provides support, resources, and all other services needed to meet the operational objectives.
  5. Finance/Administration: The finance/administration function tracks incident costs, personnel records, requisitions, and administering procurement contracts. This function is activated depending on the nature and scope of the incident.

It’s important to note that all these functions must work together effectively for a successful incident response.

Resource: ICS Functional Area Descriptions

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