Who has overall responsibility for managing the on-scene incident?

Possible Answers:

  1. Emergency Operations Center director
  2. Agency Executive
  3. Incident Commander
  4. Operations Section Chief

The Correct Answer:

C. The Incident Commander has overall responsibility for managing the on-scene incident.


The incident command system can be defined as a standardized approach responsible for coordinating, commanding, and controlling the on-scene incident management. It combines personnel, equipment, communication, and procedural operation within an organizational structure responsible for managing the on-scene incident resources.

The incident commander is responsible for managing all the activities (like releasing the resources, ordering, and developing incident objectives) in the on-scene incident. The commander is the only person with complete authority who has the responsibility to conduct the incident operations.


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