Which position is responsible for establishing incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for managing an incident?

Possible Answers:

  1. Operations Section Chief
  2. Event Planning Team
  3. Incident Commander
  4. Planning Section Chief

The Correct Answer:

C. Incident Commander is responsible for establishing incident objectives, strategies, and priorities and has overall responsibility for managing an incident.


The Incident command system is generally based on 14 management characteristics responsible for maintaining the efficacy, efficiency, and strength of the overall system. The incident command system is one of those characteristics that help the organization to centralize, as well as coordinate, Incident Action Planning.

The responsibility for guiding all the activities by providing a very accurate, concise, coherent means of communication and capturing the overall priorities, strategies, and objectives of the support and operational activities that are occurring falls under ICS.

The Incident Commander or the unified commander is responsible for making appropriate decisions and the plan. Furthermore, the attachment should be in a written form which will be distributed to the other department of the system. If there is any complex incident or any incident that requires much complex planning and multiple jurisdictions, then a written Incident Action Plan becomes much more effective in maintaining efficient safety and effective operation.

Whenever there is any incident, an incident commander is designated for the management responsibility by a specific authority. They develop the plan and direct all the incident action planning to the other department of the system. The primary responsibilities of an incident commander are listed down below:

  • Having a very clear authority and information about the agency policy.
  • Ensuring the incident safety.
  • Establishing a strong incident command post by setting the priorities.
  • Determining the incident objective as well as strategies that need to be followed throughout the mission.
  • Approving the incident Action Plan by checking each and every aspect.
  • Coordinating with the general staff activities and command staff activities.
  • Approving the request of resources by use of auxiliary personnel and volunteers.
  • Giving the demobilization order whenever it is needed
  • Ensuring the after-action report
  • Authorizing the information that needs to be released in the media

The planning section of the agency is responsible for evaluating, disseminating as well as collecting all the incident situation information for the incident commander and incident Management process. They are solely responsible for preparing the reports and displaying the information to the media.

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