FEMA IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS 100 Answers

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System.

It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The Emergency Management Institute developed its ICS courses collaboratively with:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch

Which one of the following activities is not an example of incident coordination?

A. Establishing priorities among incidents.

B. Directing, ordering or controlling.

C. Synchronized Public information messages.

D. Resolving critical resources issues.

Answer: Directing, ordering or controlling is not an example of incident coordination.

 

ICS 100 Answers

  1. Which item is included in the NIMS Management Characteristic of Accountability?
    A. Maintain an accurate inventory of resources
    B. Conduct briefings as part of transfer of command
    C. Check-In/Check-Out of incident personnel
    D. Establish specific, measurable objectives
  2. Incident objectives that drive incident operations are established by the:
    A. Planning Section Chief
    B. Operations Section Chief
    C. Incident Commander or Unified Command
    D. Agency Administrator
  3. Which of the following is NOT part of the NIMS Management characteristic of Chain of Command?
    A. Allows the Incident Commander to control the actions of personnel under his or her supervision.
    B. Restricts personnel from sharing information with each other.
    C. Avoids confusion by requiring that orders flow from supervisors.
    D. Details how authority flows through the incident management organization.
  4. The Incident Commander or Unified Commander establishes incident objectives that include:
    A. Identifying strategies, tactics, tasks, and activities to achieve the objectives.
    B. Selecting personnel to serve on the Incident Management Team.
    C. Delegating functional responsibilities and specifying resource types.
    D. Establishing a manageable span of control.
  5. Which of the following are typical incident facilities?
    A. Point-of-distribution sites
    B. Camps
    C. Incident Command Post
    D. All of the Above
  6. Selection of Incident Commanders is done by the:
    A. Jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident
    B. Emergency Operations manager
    C. Public Information Officer
    D. Planning Officer
  7. Which position is always staffed in ICS applications?
    A. Public Information Officer
    B. Incident Commander
    C. Operations Section Chief
    D. Safety Officer
  8. Who has overall responsibility for managing the on-scene incident?
    The Incident Commander has overall responsibility for managing the on-scene incident.
  9. The Incident Command System (ICS) is only applicable to large, complex incidents:
    True
    False
  10. One of the benefits of ics is that it provides an orderly, systematic ___________ process
    A. Deployment
    B. Safety
    C. Recovery
    D. Planning
  11. Which General Staff member prepares Incident Action Plans, manages information, and maintains situational awareness for the incident?
    A. Planning Section Chief
    B. Operations Section Chief
    C. Logistics Section Chief
    D. Finance/Administration Section Chief
  12. If the Incident Commander designates personnel to provide public information, safety, and liaison services, the personnel are collectively referred to as the:
    A. Director Staff
    B. Incident Staff
    C. Executive Staff
    D. Command Staff
  13. Which member of the Command and Staff interfaces with other agencies to meet incident-related information requirements?
    A. Liaison Officer
    B. Safety Officer
    C. Public Information Officer
    D. Commander
  14. Which General Staff member directs all responses and tactical actions to achieve the incident objectives?
    A. Planning Section Chief
    B. Operations Section Chief
    C. Tactics Section Chief
    D. Operations Division Director
  15. Which General Staff member negotiates and monitors contracts, maintains documentation for reimbursement, and oversees timekeeping for incident personnel?
    A. Logistics Section Chief
    B. Operations Section Chief
    C. Planning Section Chief
    D. Finance/Administration Section Chief
  16. The Liaison Officer:
    A. “Arranges for resources and needed services to support the incident objectives.
    B. Tracks resources and maintains incident documentation.
    C. Provides information to the public.
    D. Is the point of contact for other response organizations.
  17. Establishment of the ICS modular organization is the responsibility of the:
    A. Operations Section
    B. Local Authorities
    C. Incident Commander
    D. Logistics Section
  18. When command is transferred, the process should include a(n):
    A. Award Ceremony
    B. Briefing
    C. Detailed Lesson Learned Report
    D. Intelligence Report
  19. The Whole Community approach refers to different organizations within the Federal Government.
    True
    False
  20. Who designates the Incident Commander and the process for transferring command?
    A. The Section Chiefs
    B. The Incident Commander for previous operational period
    C. The jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident
    D. The Command Staff
  21. Which ICS function is responsible for documentation for mutual aid agreements?
    A. Planning
    B. Incident Command
    C. Operations
    D. Finance/Administration
  22. The Incident Command System (ICS) can be used to manage any type of incident, including planned events.
    True
    False
  23. To avoid overburdening the incident command, resources should not self-dispatch (spontaneously deploy).
    True
    False
  24. Which NIMS Management Characteristic may include gathering, analyzing, and assessing weather service data from technical specialists?
    A. Information and Intelligence Management
    B. Integrated Communications
    C. Incident Facilities and Locations
    D. Management by Objectives
  25. Who has overall responsibility for managing the on-scene incident?
    A. Emergency Operations Center director
    B. Agency Executive
    C. Incident Commander
    D. Operations Section Chief
  26. Manageable Span of Control refers to:
    A. An orderly line of authority that exists within the ranks of the incident management organization.
    B. The act of directing, ordering, or controlling by virtue of explicit statutory, regulatory, or delegated authority.
    C. The process of moving the responsibility for incident command from one Incident Commander to another.
    D. The number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can effectively manage during an incident.
  27. Qualification, Certification, and Credentialing Personnel are part of which NIMS Management Characteristic?
    A. Accountability
    B. Comprehensive Resource Management
    C. Incident Facilities and Locations
    D. Information and Intelligence Management
  28. Which NIMS Management Characteristic is necessary for achieving situational awareness and facilitating information sharing?
    A. Accountability
    B. Comprehensive Resource Management
    C. Chain of Command and Unity of Command
    D. Integrated Communications
  29. Which ICS functional area tracks resources, collects and analyzes information, and maintains documentation?
    A. Planning
    B. Operations
    C. Logistics
    D. Finance/Administration
  30. To ensure efficient, clear, communication, the National Incident Management System Characteristics recommend the use of:
    A. Common terminology
    B. Agency-specific codes
    C. Technical language
    D. Acronyms
  31. In a Unified Command, members representing multiple jurisdictions and agencies work together to establish:
    A. Situational Awareness
    B. Incident Objectives
    C. Resource Allocations
    D. Shared Agency Authority
  32. At the incident scene, who handles media inquiries?
    A. Media Relations Specialist
    B. Public Information Officer
    C. Liaison Officer
    D. Communications Officer
  33. Which ICS functional area arranges for resources and needed services to support achievement of the incident objectives?
    A. Planning
    B. Operations
    C. Logistics
    D. Finance/Administration
  34. Which Section organizes, assigns, and supervises tactical response resources?
    A. Planning
    B. Operations
    C. Logistics
    D. Finance/Administration
  35. Which ICS functional area monitors costs related to the incident and provides accounting, procurement, time recording, and cost analysis?
    A. Command
    B. Operations
    C. Logistics
    D. Finance/Administration
  36. Check-in, Incident Action Planning, Personal Responsibility, and Resource Tracking are all necessary to ensure:
    A. Flexibility
    B. Accountability
    C. Sustainability
    D. Redundancy
  37. The Incident Command System (ICS) is:
    A. A relatively new approach created based on the lessons learned from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    B. A standardized approach to incident management that is applicable for use in all hazards.
    C. A military system used in domestic incidents to ensure command and control of Federal resources.
    D. Most applicable to the management of complex incidents that extend over many hours or days.
  38. An Incident Action Plan is captured and communicates overall operational and support activities for an incident.
    A. TRUE
    B. FALSE
  39. Which position is always staffed in ICS applications?
    A. Public Information Officer
    B. Incident Commander
    C. Operations Section Chief
    D. Safety Officer
  40. Selection of Incident Commanders is done by the:
    A. Jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident
    B. Emergency Operations manager
    C. Public Information Officer
    D. Planning Officer
  41. Which NIMS Management Characteristic refers to personnel requested through appropriate authorities and established resource management systems?
    A. Dispatch/ Deployment
    B. Incident Facilities and Locations
    C. Management by Objectives
    D. Manageable Span of Control
  42. One of the benefits of ICS is that it provides an orderly, systematic ___________ process.
    A. Deployment
    B. Safety
    C. Recovery
    D. Planning
  43. Acquiring, Storing, and Inventorying Resources are part of which NIMS Management Characteristic?
    A. Accountability
    B. Incident Facilities and Locations
    C. Comprehensive Resource Management
    D. Unified Command
  44. When partners representing multiple jurisdictions or agencies work together to establish the incident objectives, what type of Command is being used?
    A. Mutual Command
    B. Area Command
    C. Unified Command
    D. Multiple Command
  45. Command is:
    A. Based on the number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can manage effectively during an incident.
    B. Directing, ordering, or controlling by virtue of explicit statutory, regulatory, or delegated authority.
    C. The ability to control information exchange within and across organizations involved in an incident.
    D. Assumed by the individual who is the highest-ranking person on the scene regardless of experience or training level.
  46. Which General Staff member is responsible for ensuring that assigned incident personnel are fed and have communications, medical support, and transportation as needed to meet the operational objective?
    A. Logistics Section Chief
    B. Safety Officer
    C. Public Information Officer
    D. Planning Section Chief
  47. Within the National Incident Management System Characteristics, the concept of common terminology covers all of the following EXCEPT:
    A. Organizational Functions
    B. Technical Specifications
    C. Resource Descriptions
    D. Incident Facilities
  48. Which ICS functional area establishes tactics and directs all operational resources to reach the incident objectives?
    A. Planning
    B. Operations
    C. Logistics
    D. Finance/Administration
  49. The Incident Commander or Unified Commander establishes incident objectives that include:
    A. Identifying strategies, tactics, tasks, and activities to achieve the objectives.
    B. Selecting personnel to serve on the Incident Management Team.
    C. Delegating functional responsibilities and specifying resource types.
    D. Establishing a manageable span of control.

 

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