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IS-100.PWB: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100) for Public Works


1. Which of the following terms refers to the number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can manage effectively during an incident?
 A. Unity of Command
 B. Span of control
 C. Form follows function
 D. Delegation of authority


2. Homeland Security Directive 5 (HSPD-5) requires Federal departments and agencies to:
 A. Establish metrics that will measure whether communities are using the proper amounts of resources when responding to incidents.
 B. Make adoption of NIMS by State, tribal, and local organizations a condition for Federal preparedness assistance (through grants, contracts, and other activities).
 C. Establish standardized organizational structures for communities to use in response to natural, technological, and manmade incidents.
 D. Test and credential response personnel to ensure they have acquired the competencies needed to implement the Incident Command System.


3. Select the TRUE statement below.
 A. The agency executive determines the size and structure of the on-scene ICS organization based on resources.
 B. The ICS organization expands and contracts based on a formula using the projected number of hours for stabilizing the incident.
 C. The Incident Commander has the discretion to fill only those functions or positions necessary to meet incident objectives.
 D. When ICS is used, the four Sections (Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Finance/Administration) will always be activated and filled.


4. For effective span of control, there is a recommended ratio of one supervisor to:
 A. Twenty subordinates.
 B. Five subordinates.
 C. Ten subordinates.
 D. One subordinate.


5. Which action is INCONSISTENT with ICS chain of command principles?
 A. After the Planning Section Chief assembles the Incident Action Plan, it must be approved by the Incident Commander.
 B. Members from one strike team warn the members of a second strike team about hazardous road conditions ahead.
 C. Requests for additional resources are being communicated from the Task Force Leader to the Operations Section Chief.
 D. The on-scene Public Information Officer is being assigned tasks by both the agency executive's press secretary and the Incident Commander.


6. Select the FALSE statement below.
 A. The Incident Commander has the discretion to expand and contract in a flexible manner.
 B. The ICS organizational structure is determined based on the incident objectives and resource requirements.
 C. The Incident Commander must fill all Command Staff functions (Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, and Liaison Officer) for every incident.
 D. The ICS organization develops in a top-down, modular fashion that is based on the size and complexity of the incident.


7. The Incident Command System (ICS) is:
 A. Most applicable to the management of complex incidents that extend over many hours or days.
 B. A relatively new approach created based on the lessons learned from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 C. A military system used in domestic incidents to ensure command and control of Federal resources.
 D. A standardized approach to incident management that is applicable for use in all hazards.


8. TRUE OR FALSE: The ICS organizational structure established within the first operational period must be used throughout the lifecycle of the incident.
 A. True
 B. False


9. All of the following are true, EXCEPT:
 A. NIMS requires that the Incident Command System (ICS) be activated as a last resort during domestic incidents.
 B. NIMS is a core set of concepts, principles, and terminology for incident command and multiagency coordination.
 C. NIMS is a consistent, nationwide approach for all levels of government to work effectively and efficiently together.
 D. NIMS was called for in Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5) in February of 2003.


10. Select the most compelling reason below to reduce the span of control ratio to 1:3.
 A. During the first operational period when incident objectives are being established.
 B. When resources from several different jurisdictions are deployed.
 C. When hazardous tactical operations are being performed.
 D. During demobilization when additional supervisors are available.


11. TRUE OR FALSE: OSHA rule 1910.120 requires all organizations that handle hazardous materials to use ICS.
 A. True
 B. False


12. TRUE OR FALSE: To ensure consistency, all incidents will have someone assigned to assume each Command and General Staff position (Officers and Section Chiefs).
 A. True
 B. False


13. A school district is applying for Federal preparedness funds. What is required?
 A. The day-to-day school structure needs to be reorganized into a Command and General Staff structure.
 B. The school district must adopt NIMS.
 C. The school must add an Emergency Manager to its full-time staff.
 D. The principal must be certified as an Incident Commander.


14. What is the correct term for the ICS principle that all personnel report only to one ICS supervisor?
 A. Supervision of Command
 B. Unity of Command
 C. Supervisory Command
 D. Unified Command


15. What does unity of command mean?
 A. Personnel report to only one ICS supervisor.
 B. Tactical direction is provided by the agency executive.
 C. Responders receive assignments only from a superior within their home agency.
 D. There is only one Incident Commander per incident.


16. Span of control refers to:
 A. The number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can manage effectively during an incident.
 B. An orderly line of authority that exists within the ranks of the incident management organization.
 C. The process of moving the responsibility for incident command from one Incident Commander to another.
 D. The act of directing, ordering, or controlling by virtue of explicit statutory, regulatory, or delegated authority.


17. When communicating, ICS requires the use of:
 A. Technical language.
 B. Agency-specific codes.
 C. Radio codes.
 D. Plain English.


18. TRUE OR FALSE: The Incident Command System (ICS) can be used to manage planned events, such as evacuation drills and festivals, in addition to actual incidents.
 A. True
 B. False


19. Select the FALSE statement below about the Incident Command System (ICS).
 A. ICS has been used to manage both emergency and nonemergency situations by both government and private'sector organizations.
 B. ICS is a standardized, all-hazards incident management approach that is used throughout the lifecycle of an incident.
 C. ICS is primarily a standardized organizational structure (chart) that is used in an identical fashion for every incident.
 D. ICS could be used to manage a large sporting event or a visit from a foreign dignitary.


20. Select the factor below that is a primary consideration in determine the span of control ratio.
 A. Public perception
 B. Costs
 C. Supervisory expertise
 D. Safety


21. TRUE OR FALSE: Resource management includes processes for reimbursing for resources and maintaining a resource inventory.
 A. True
 B. False


22. Select the FALSE statement below.
 A. Chain of command requires that all task assignments and direction come from the individual's supervisor at the incident scene.
 B. Chain of command avoids confusion by requiring that orders flow from supervisors.
 C. Chain of command restricts personnel to communicating or sharing information outside their organizational units.
 D. Chain of command allows an Incident Commander to direct and control the actions of all personnel under his or her supervision.


23. Command is:
 A. Assumed by the individual who is the highest ranking person on the scene regardless of experience or training level.
 B. Based on the number of individuals or resources that one supervisor can manage effectively during an incident.
 C. The ability to control information exchange within and across organizations involved in an incident.
 D. Directing, ordering, or controlling by virtue of explicit statutory, regulatory, or delegated authority.


24. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a viable application in all of the following situations, EXCEPT:
 A. A hazardous materials release after a train derailment.
 B. A hostage situation at a local financial institution.
 C. The oversight of a jurisdiction's annual budget.
 D. The planning and operation of a local festival.


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


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