Which position is always staffed in ICS applications?

The Incident Commander is the position that is always staffed in Incident Command System (ICS) applications.

According to the FEMA training material, “The Incident Commander is the only position that is always staffed in ICS applications. On small incidents and events, one person—the Incident Commander—may accomplish all management functions.” The Incident Commander has the overall responsibility for managing the incident, setting objectives, and assigning tasks to Command and General Staff. For instance, in a wildfire scenario, the Incident Commander would determine firefighting strategies, allocate resources, and coordinate with other agencies.

From the perspective of firefighters and other first responders, the Incident Commander is the authoritative source for strategic decisions and safety guidelines, ensuring a cohesive and effective response.

This adaptability of the Incident Commander, from leading a small team in a localized incident to coordinating a multi-agency response in major emergencies, underscores the versatility and scalability of the ICS framework.

Source: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.c&lang=en