IS-100.HE: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Higher Education


1. Designers of the system recognized early that ICS must:

Meet the needs of incidents of any kind or size.
Provide logistical and administrative support to ensure that operational staff can meet tactical objectives.
Be cost effective by avoiding duplication of efforts.
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 A. Compensate for incident response failures likely to result from a lack of resources.
 B. Require that a minimum number of personnel be deployed to perform administrative and logistics functions.
 C. Use certified emergency responders to serve as incident commanders and section chiefs.
 D. Allow personnel from a variety of agencies to meld rapidly into a common management structure.


2. The ability to communicate within ICS is absolutely critical. To ensure efficient, clear communication, ICS requires the use of:
 A. Technical language.
 B. Agency-specific codes.
 C. Common terminology.
 D. Radio Codes.


3. At which incident facility are resources kept to support incident operations if a Base is not accessible to all resources?
 A. Staging Area
 B. Incident Command Post
 C. Camp
 D. Helibase


4. Which Command Staff position monitors safety conditions and develops measures for assuring the safety of all assigned personnel?
 A. Safety Officer
 B. Public Information Officer
 C. Liaison Officer
 D. Resource Officer


5. Which incident facility is the location where personnel and equipment are kept while waiting for tactical assignments?
 A. Staging Area
 B. Base
 C. Camp
 D. Incident Command Post


6. There is no correlation between the ICS organization and the administrative structure of any single agency or jurisdiction. This is deliberate because:
 A. Confusion over different position titles and organizational structures has been a significant stumbling block to effective incident management in the past.
 B. Every incident or event requires that different management functions be performed.
 C. On small incidents and events, one person, the Incident Commander, may accomplish allfive management functions.
 D. In ICS, the person at the top of the organization can act with less political pressure.


7. Expansion of incidents may require the delegation of authority for the performance of operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance/Administration functions. The people who perform these four management functions are designated as the:
 A. General Staff.
 B. Deputy Staff.
 C. Director Staff.
 D. Command Staff.


8. At each level of the ICS organization, individuals in positions of primary responsibility have distinct titles. Using specific ICS position titles serves three important purposes:

The use of distinct titles allows for filling ICS positions with the most qualified individuals rather than by rank.
Standard position titles are useful when requesting qualified personnel.
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 A. Prestige associated with certain titles helps to motivate responders.
 B. Titles provide a common standard for all responders.
 C. Distinct titles help clarify the activities undertaken by specific personnel.
 D. Position titles help to maintain the normal lines of authority within agencies.


9. Which Command Staff position serves as the primary contact for supporting agencies assigned to an incident?
 A. Safety Officer
 B. Public Information Officer
 C. Liaison Officer
 D. Resource Officer


10. Which General Staff position prepares and documents the Incident Action Plan, collects and evaluates information, maintains resource status, and maintains documentation for incident records?
 A. Planning Section Chief
 B. Finance/Administration Section Chief
 C. Logistics Section Chief
 D. Operations Section Chief


11. ICS has been used to manage incidents such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and acts of terrorism. Which of the following situations represents another viable application for the use of ICS?
 A. The oversight of the annual fiscal budget for a college library, including theprocurement of new books.
 B. The planning and operation of the homecoming celebration, including the parade, fireworks display and football game.
 C. The oversight of safety issues associated with a freshman chemistry class throughout the fall and spring semesters.
 D. The management of nursing staff at the university hospital during weekend shifts.


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

Ensure personnel accountability.
Track resources.
Prepare personnel for assignments and reassignments.
Organize the demobilization process.
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 A. Locate personnel in case of an emergency.
 B. Determine procedures for reimbursing your headquarters.
 C. Identify purchasing authority and procedures.
 D. Determine how food and lodging will be provided.


13. Which General Staff position manages costs related to the incident, and provides accounting, procurement, time recording, and cost analyses?
 A. Planning Section Chief
 B. Finance/Administration Section Chief
 C. Logistics Section Chief
 D. Operations Section Chief


14. One ICS principle relates to the supervisory structure of the organization and pertains to the number of individuals or resources one incident supervisor can manage effectively. This operating guideline is referred to as:
 A. Unity of Command
 B. Delegation of authority.
 C. Span of control.
 D. Form follows function.


15. 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:
 A. Obtaining and maintaining essential personnel, equipment, and supplies.
 B. Taking actions based on the objectives identified in the plan during the operational period.
 C. Maintaining documentation and tracking resources assigned to the incident.
 D. Monitoring the number of resources that report to any one supervisor.


16. At which incident facility are primary logistics functions coordinated and administered?
 A. Staging Area
 B. Base
 C. Camp
 D. Incident Command Post


17. Which General Staff position is responsible for ensuring that assigned incident personnel are fed and have communications, medical support, and transportation as needed to meet the operational objectives?
 A. Planning Section Chief
 B. Finance/Administration Section Chief
 C. Logistics Section Chief
 D. Operations Section Chief


18. Which of the following would you expect to see in an Incident Action Plan?
 A. A schematic showing all communication equipment in use at the incident.
 B. Detailed cost estimates for implementing the proposed activities.
 C. Measurable tactical operations to be achieved within the specified period.
 D. Listing of all staff members currently deployed to the incident.


19. A basic ICS principle is that the first Incident Commander is responsible until the:
 A. Event or incident has demobilized.
 B. Five management functions are activated.
 C. Next operational period has begun.
 D. Authority is delegated to another person.


20. Which Command Staff position serves as the conduit between internal and external stakeholders, including the media, or other organizations seeking information directly from the incident or event?
 A. Safety Officer
 B. Public Information Officer
 C. Liaison Officer
 D. Resource Officer


21. Which General Staff position conducts tactical operations, develops the tactical objectives and organization, and directs all tactical resources?
 A. Planning Section Chief
 B. Finance/Administration Section Chief
 C. Logistics Section Chief
 D. Operations Section Chief


22. Which incident facility is positioned outside of the present and potential hazard area, but close enough to the incident to maintain command?
 A. Staging Area
 B. Base
 C. Camp
 D. Incident Command Post


23. Which position is the only one that is always staffed in ICS applications?
 A. Safety Officer
 B. Operations Section Chief
 C. Incident Commander
 D. Public Information Officer


24. Depending upon the size and type of incident or event, it may be necessary for the Incident Commander to designate personnel to provide public information, safety, and liaison services for the entire organization. In ICS, these personnel make up the:
 A. General Staff
 B. Deputy Staff
 C. Director Staff
 D. Command Staff


25. After check-in, you should:
 A. Report to the command post.
 B. Locate your incident supervisor and obtain your initial briefing.
 C. Determine your return mode of transportation.
 D. Arrange personal items needed for your estimated length of stay.


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