When a more qualified person arrives on the scene, which statement best describes what happens?

Possible Answers:

  1. The Emergency Operations Center Director must order a Transfer of Command.
  2. The more qualified person automatically becomes the new Incident Commander and assumes command. The outgoing Incident Commander demobilizes to avoid confusion.
  3. The more qualified person becomes the new Incident Commander at the beginning of the next operational period.
  4. The more qualified person has options based on agency guidelines; these can include assuming command, maintaining command, or requesting a more qualified Incident Commander.

The Correct Answer:

D. When a more qualified person arrives on the scene, then the more qualified person has options based on agency guidelines; these can include assuming command, maintaining command as is, or requesting a more qualified Incident Commander.

Explanation:

The incident management teams are generally the roasted groups, consisting of incident command system-qualified personnel. This team consists of highly qualified incident commanders and general staff members who respond directly to the incident.

Whenever a much more qualified person arrives at the incident, it does not mean that they will change any incident command that has been already made to reach the objectives and goal. The essential roles of much more qualified individuals are listed down below:

  • Assuming command according to the guidelines laid by the agency.
  • Maintaining the command that has been already made to reach the specific objectives and goals of the incident and continuously monitoring its activity and effectiveness.
  • Requesting a more qualified commander from the agency who has a higher level of jurisdictional responsibility, if required.
  • Overall responsibility in managing the incident
  • Developing the objectives of the incident and guiding the process of  incident action planning
  • Approving the incident action plan
  • Approving the request for ordering and releasing the required resources to carry out the function.

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