Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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73 Spring 2015 Proceedings We have created additional forms to assist the responder in documenting ICS processes, like the ICS-213RR, the resource request form that aids in resource request processes or the ICS 202A, which is a tool for the incident commander/uni- fed command to document key decisions, priorities limita- tions, and constraints. While ICS execution may not be perfect, responders who use it believe that without the Incident Command System, their response would have been more chaotic and less suc- cessful. The system provides an orderly struc- ture, accountability, and common com mu n icat ion s to help a ny responder and will continue to be the systematic tool for emergency response command, control, and coordination. About the authors: Ms. Kristy L. Plourde is the USCG's Incident Command System training coordinator. She has more than 35 years of military and civil- ian Coast Guard experience and has served as the CG FOSCR/incident commander, operations and planning section chief, and in other ICS roles during large incident responses. Mr. Ron Cantin is the president of Emergency Management Services Inter- national Inc. He is a 27-year Coast Guard veteran who served two tours of duty as a senior member of the National Strike Force and was the command- ing offcer of the Gulf Strike Team from 2005 to 2007. He holds certifcations for numerous Type I and Type II ICS positions and was the frst Coast Guard member to certify as a Type I incident commander. Endnote: 1. See Training Center Yorktown began to offer ICS courses; a Commandant instruction in 1996 directed ICS use for oil and hazardous materials response; and, in 1998, another instruction required ICS use for all hazards. Once the National Response Framework was established, with its requirement for all federal agencies to utilize the ICS, it was clear the Incident Command System was here to stay. ICS Tools The National Strike Force has always been a player in ICS tools development. For example, NSF members developed Coast Guard ICS forms, job aids, and the Coast Guard Oil Field Operations Guide, a precursor to the CG Incident Man- agement Handbook, released in 2001. Where we are Going The Coast Guard has and will con- tinue to grow in its Incident Command System use. For example, the 2014 Incident Management Handbook has even more tools for the ICS responder. In addition, the Coast Guard now has exceptional job aids for all command and general staff positions and some key unit leader positions. The Coast Guard is also delivering position-specifc courses for all command and general staff and key unit leader posi- tions and has a robust certifcation system.

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