A. Planning Section Chief
B. Operations Section Chief
C. Incident Commander or Unified Command
D. Agency Administrator
The incident objectives that drive incident operations are established by the Incident Commander or Unified Command.
The Incident Commander, as the individual in overall charge of the incident response, is responsible for setting the incident objectives. They assess the situation, gather information, and consider the priorities and needs of the incident. Based on this assessment, the Incident Commander establishes clear and measurable objectives that guide the response efforts.
Unified Command comes into play when multiple agencies or organizations are involved in the incident response. In such cases, a Unified Command structure is established, where representatives from each agency or organization collaborate to make collective decisions. The establishment of incident objectives remains the responsibility of the Incident Commander or the Unified Command as a collective.
While other positions within the Incident Command System (ICS), such as the Planning Section Chief and Operations Section Chief, contribute to the development and execution of incident plans and strategies, they do not have the authority to unilaterally establish incident objectives. They work under the direction of the Incident Commander or Unified Command and support the overall goals and objectives set by them.
The Agency Administrator represents the agency or organization with jurisdiction or primary responsibility for the incident. While they provide support and resources to the incident response, they typically do not establish the incident objectives.
In summary, the responsibility for establishing the incident objectives that drive incident operations lies with the Incident Commander or Unified Command. They consider the situation, priorities, and needs of the incident to set clear objectives for the response efforts.