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Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Training Course

Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Training Course

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Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications
Training Course
Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications
Training Course

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Published by: 9W2DSL on Feb 08, 2009
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Almost all emergency government agencies have adopted the incident command system. It is
a management tool that provides a coordinated system of command structure. Amateur radio
operators should familiarized themselves with the system and how they may interface with government
agencies that use the ICS.

The basic concept of the ICS is having a unified command. There is one person in charge of the
emergency, the incident commander, who is totally responsible for everything that occurs in that
emergency operation.

Information
Safety
Liaison

Staging Areas

Resources Unit Service Branch

Time Unit

Branches

Air Operations

Situation Unit

Communications

Procurement

Branch

Unit

Unit

Divisions &

Demobilization

Groups

Air Support

Unit

Medical Unit

Compensation

Group

Unit

Strike Teams

Documentation

Food Unit

&

Air Tactical

Cost Unit

Task Forces Group

Support Branch

Single

Supply Unit

Resources

Facilities Unit

Ground Unit

Command – Set objectives and priorities. Has overall responsibility at the incident or event.

Operations – Conducts tactical operations to carry out the plan. Develops the tactical
objectives, organization, and directs all resources.

Incident Command

Operations
Section

Planning
Section

Logistics
Section

Finance/
Administration
Section

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Planning – Develops the action plan to accomplish the objectives. Collects and evaluates
information. Maintains the resource status.

Logistics – Provides support to meet incident needs. Provides resources and all other services

needed to support the service.

Finance / Administration – Monitors costs related to incident. Provides accounting, procurement,

time recording and cost analysis.

Incident Facilities:

1. Incident Command Post (ICP) – The location from which the Incident Commander oversees

all incident operations

2. Staging Areas – Locations at which the resources are kept while awaiting incident assignment.
Large incidents may have several staging areas.

3. Base – The location at the incident at which primary service and support activities are

performed.

4. Camps – Incident locations where resources may be kept to support incident operations.
There resources may not be immediately available.

5. Helibase – A location in and around an incident area at which helicopters may be parked,
maintained, fueled, and equipped for incident operations.

6. Helispots – Helispots are temporary locations where helicopters can land and load and off-
load personnel, equipment, and supplies. Large incidents may have several helispots.

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