Who designates the Incident Commander and the process for transferring command?
- A. The Section Chiefs
- B. The Command Staff
- C. The Incident Commander for previous operational period
- D. The jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident
The correct answer is D: The jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident.
The Incident Commander (IC) is typically designated by the organization or agency that has primary responsibility for managing an emergency response. This could be a fire department, law enforcement agency, or other emergency management agency, depending on the nature of the incident and the resources available. The IC is responsible for overall management of the incident and has the authority to make decisions and take actions to ensure the safety of responders and the public, and to effectively manage the incident.
The process for transferring command will vary depending on the specific incident and the policies and procedures of the responding agency. In general, the IC may transfer command to another qualified individual if necessary, such as if the IC is unable to continue in the role due to injury or other circumstances. The transfer of command should be coordinated with the rest of the incident management team and should be clearly documented to ensure that there is no disruption in the management of the incident.