IS-100 Student study guide



1. A basic ICS operating guideline is that the person at the top of the organization is responsible until the authority is delegated to another person.


2. Expansion of the incident may also require the delegation of authority for the performance of the other management functions. The people who perform the other four management functions are designated as the General Staff.


3. A Base is the location from which primary logistics and administrative functions are coordinated and administered.


4.  The Incident Commander is the only position that is always staffed in ICS applications.


5. ICS must manage an “incident” (a one time event), not a process


6. Depending upon the size and type of incident or event, it may be necessary for the Incident Commander to designate personnel to provide information, safety, and liaison services for the entire organization. In ICS, these personnel make up the Command Staff


7. Every incident must have a verbal or written Incident Action Plan. The purpose of this plan is to provide all incident supervisory personnel with direction for actions to be implemented during the operational period identified in the plan.


8. The ability to communicate within the ICS is absolutely critical. An essential method for ensuring the ability to communicate is by using common terminology and clear text.


9. The ICS organization is unique but easy to understand. There is no correlation between the ICS organization and the administrative structure of any single agency or jurisdiction. This is deliberate, because confusion over different position titles and organizational structures has been a significant stumbling block to effective incident management in the past.


10. Operations: Conducts tactical operations to carry out the plan. Develops the tactical objectives and organization, and directs all tactical resources.  The Operations function is where the tactical fieldwork is done.


11. Public Information Officer, who serves as the conduit for information to internal and external stakeholders, including the media or other organizations seeking information directly from the incident or event.


12. Using specific ICS position titles serves three important purposes:


13. Planning: Prepares and documents the Incident Action Plan to accomplish the objectives, collects and evaluates information, maintains resource status, and maintains documentation for incident records.


14. Span of control pertains to the number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can manage effectively during emergency response incidents or special events.


15. The Logistics Section is responsible for all of the services and support needs, including:


16. Safety Officer, who monitors safety conditions and develops measures for assuring the safety of all assigned personnel.


17. Incident Action Plans include the measurable strategic operations to be achieved and are prepared around a timeframe called an Operational Period.


18. Staging Areas are temporary locations at an incident where personnel and equipment are kept while waiting for tactical assignments.


19. Finance/Administration: Monitors costs related to the incident. Provides accounting, procurement, time recording, and cost analyses.


20. The Incident Command Post, or ICP, is the location from which the Incident Commander oversees all incident operations. There is generally only one ICP for each incident or event, but it may change locations during the event. Every incident or event must have some form of an Incident Command Post. The ICP may be located in a vehicle, trailer, tent, or within a building. The ICP will be positioned outside of the present and potential hazard zone but close enough to the incident to maintain command.


21. Check-in officially logs you in at the incident. The check-in process and information helps to:


22. Liaison Officer, who serves as the primary contact for supporting agencies assisting at an incident.


23. After check-in, locate your incident supervisor and obtain your initial briefing.


24. Designers of the system recognized early that ICS must be interdisciplinary and organizationally flexible to meet the following management challenges:


25. A Camp is the location where resources may be kept to support incident operations if a Base is not accessible to all resources.