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Division/Group Supervisor, Roles and Responsibilities. 2nd Quarter ICS. Understand the difference between a Division & a Group Understand when they are needed Understand what their primary roles are Know what information they need to do the job Understand how the communication flow works - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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1st Quarter IMS

2nd Quarter ICSDivision/Group Supervisor, Roles and ResponsibilitiesA back to the basics approach to IMS this year. Shorter classes that deal with the specific roles BCs, Lts, and Acting Officers may face for our routine bread and butter type incidents.

I want to solicit thought and questions from you and when you leave I want you to feel you have a good grasp of what we have discussed so that if you are assigned this position two months from now you have the confidence to perform!!!1ObjectivesUnderstand the difference between a Division & a GroupUnderstand when they are neededUnderstand what their primary roles areKnow what information they need to do the jobUnderstand how the communication flow worksKnow what tools they need for the jobUnderstand how they fit in the Incident Org. chartKnow how the Division/Group Board works

2 Division SupervisorAssigned by the IC or Ops Chief, a Division is geographic in nature and typically long term. The Division Supervisor carries out the tactical objectives of the IC or Ops Chief. They are named for their geographic location.

They are in full PPE, SCBA in standby (probably), have a vest and status board and are announced and benchmarked by the IC to all units and Dispatch.3Division SupervisorTypically assigned to reduce the IC or OpsChiefs span of control. They carry out thetactical objectives assigned by the IC whilemanaging the accountability of resourcesassigned to them. A good plan is to anticipate early and build structure accordinglywhen you get behind early it takes timeto correct and overcome. Assigning Divisions is something we do and are pretty good at. The key is toanticipate and assign early, preferably someone the IC is most comfortable with (someone from our own organization)?

4Division supervisorDivision Supervisor Supervises multiple teams performing multiple objectives from or at a geographic location.

(Note: Multiple teams traditionally havethree to seven members, five being ideal. 5division supervisorExamples:Division A Adam is typically in charge of the A side of a structure and the entire interior of the structure unless indicated otherwise.

Division Roof typically is in charge of the entire roof of a dwelling unless indicated otherwise.

Division 3 is typically in charge of the entire 3rd floor of a dwelling unless indicated otherwise.The Division Supervisor Strategy

Tasks E42 E44 R51 L31 A42 M47IC-B42Example without a Division, the IC is at his threshold early. What units on this first alarm are not on the chart yet?

ANSWER: Another BC, MSO-6, another Engine. Everyone is working except the 3 not there yet, would this be a sign to request more resources..?7Division Supervisor, Simple Strategy


E42 E44 Tasks E51ICDiv ASafetyA common structure for us. We now have a need to De-con these units. Where does De-con fit into the structure?

ANSWER: A function of Staging prior to entry into the Staging area typically. We are not very good at establishing staging and/or De-Con.It is for our benefit to do it as often as possible.8Division supervisorWhat does the Division Supervisor need to know ?What is the strategy?Who is currently working where on the incident?What is the organizational structure?Are there any safety hazards?What are my tactical objectives?Who are my resources?Is staging established?Is there anything else that is important to add to this list..?9Division supervisorThe Briefing upon assumption of Command:I am assigning you as Division A. E42, E44 are on the 1st floor conducting fire attack. R51 is their Back-up. L31 is primary search. B51 is Safety. A42 is Staging located across the street. Gas and Power are still live. I have no other safety issues at this time. I expect this incident to go to 2 alarms. Your objectives are to confine the fire to floor of origin, search entire structure, ventilate as needed, salvage contents in basement and preserve burn area for investigation. You are assigned E42,E44, L31 &R51 for now. Here is your board and vest. Any Questions ?What is wrong with this Briefing and the structure of the units..? What is the strategy for the incidentNo RIT Team assigned!!! Why not a Standby Team..? It is imperative that you understand what is going on, who is where and what the organizational structure is for the incident. Where is L31 searching..? When it is not clear, ask the questions!!!10Division supervisorThe Division Board:

A simple lay-out for Division A for a residential fire. Use the notes section at the bottom to add items such as new safety hazards, how many alarms we are at etc. When things become more complex, note the time-in for units working under your control. This adds a measure of safety for you in understanding their progress when you receive an LCAN. You could also write their time-in at the bottom of their passport. The other side of the board could be used to write down your objectives from the IC. Board works the same way if you are a Group Supervisor.11Division supervisorBringing your resources under your authority.

All units at Maywood Command, the following units are assigned to Division A acknowledge.

E42 assigned to Division A. E42, copy assigned to Division A. Etc..Etc..

This is done by the Division Officer upon completion of their briefing from Command. They don the vest, get their board in order and arrive at their designated geographic location. They then make the announcement to their resources if needed. Examples of this would be crews working somewhere and out of sight for a face to face.12Division supervisorDivision Supervisors should periodically check in with their assigned resources. This is called a status-report or sit-rep (Situation Report). Depending on the complexity of the task assigned, every 5 - 8 minutes a status check should occur by the Division Supervisor and in turn by the IC. Why do we do this..?Helps to confirm location of units, is our strategy working based on their progress and conditions, is their air supply in relation to the tasks they are assigned adequate, am I going to need more resources for replacement or to add for assistance.

L31 reports primary search complete of the entire structure nothing found, we are available. How would the Division Supervisor report to the IC that the primary search is complete of the entire structure ?13Division supervisorWhen assigned resources are contacted for a status check, they should respond back using a LCAN. Location, Conditions, Air, Needs.

When assigned resources have completed their task, they report back to their Division Supervisor. Division A from E45, primary search complete of the entire structure, nothing found. We are available.Why is an LCAN important to the Division Supervisor or IC..?

L=keeps tabs on where his crew isC=are the tactics employed working or not since we startedA=do they have enough air to handle another task before leaving the structureN=do I or the IC have extra resources available on scene or are more needed14Division SupervisorLCAN..When providing a needs report, be as specific as possible. Transmitting a request for more help on the second floor does little to indicate what type of company is needed, what function it will serve, or what equipment it will need. In your needs request, state the number of personnel or companies, their function, and any special equipment they may not automatically bring with them. In this way, the IC may tailor the help to provide exactly the support you need.

Division supervisorCommunication as the Division Supervisor:Same line of authority as Groups and Staging.When can the Division Supervisor request resources from Staging ? ANSWER: When exchanging resources or checking on the status of a resource. When adding or reducing resources they communicate to the IC.Talk with each other to coordinate and assess.Your resources communicate to you, you communicate to the IC. This manages span of control issues and radio time.When can the Division Supervisor request resources from Staging ? ANSWER: When exchanging resources or checking on the status of a resource. When adding or reducing resources they communicate to the IC.16Part IIGroup SupervisorGroup SupervisorAssigned by the IC or Ops Chief, a Group is task oriented and typically short term in nature. The Group Supervisor carries out a specific task as assigned by the IC or OPs Chief. They are named for their assigned task. Briefed like a Division and reassigned as needed when the task is complete.18Group SupervisorExamples of Groups:S&R GroupVent GroupExtrication GroupMedical GroupGroup Supervisor Supervises multiple teams performing a single objective


What are the four functional parts of a Medical Group ? ANSWER: Triage, Treatment, Transport and Morgue. Who is the appropriate person to assign to Medical Group Supervisor ? Answer: MSO 619Group Supervisor The Group Supervisor goes where his resources go. Examples would be to the Roof, to the 3rd floor etc. The Group Supervisor manages the task and their resources from a protected area when possible, receiving updates from resources and relaying them to the IC as needed. They work from a board, have a vest and are benchmarked by the IC.20Group supervisorResources assigned to a Group communicate just as resources assigned to a Division. Communicate to your Group Supervisor, he then communicates to the IC. Again, Groups and Divisions are on the same authority level, they can and should communicate with each other to maintain clarity to incident objectives.Again, the use of a LCAN report works well and provides the Group Supervisor the same pertinent information you would want a Division Supervi