Firefighter Quiz: Incident Management SySTEM Functions!

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Firefighter Quiz: Incident Management System Functions! - Quiz

Take this firefighter quiz to see if you have enough knowledge about the Incident Management System Functions. Fires are a danger if left to spread, some can be tamed easily, but others need the assistance of firefighters. There are specific routines that a firefighter should use so that they can manage the areas where a fire has broken out. If you are studying to become a firefighter, take this incident management system function quiz to see how much you recall.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When a company officer arrives first on a fire scene, the officer is in command until:

    • A.

      The fire is declared under control.

    • B.

      A chief officer arrives and may choose to assume command

    • C.

      The chief of the department arrives

    • D.

      Arrival of the senior shift officer

    Correct Answer
    B. A chief officer arrives and may choose to assume command
    Explanation
    When a company officer arrives first on a fire scene, they are initially in command. However, their command may be taken over by a chief officer who arrives later and chooses to assume command. The chief officer has the authority to make this decision and take control of the situation. The arrival of the chief officer signifies a higher level of authority and expertise, and they may choose to assume command based on their assessment of the situation.

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  • 2. 

    An employee becomes frustrated because he/she cannot comply with conflicting orders from different bosses. This situation was caused by a violation of:

    • A.

      Chain of command

    • B.

      Division of labor

    • C.

      Span of control

    • D.

      Unity of command

    Correct Answer
    D. Unity of command
    Explanation
    Unity of command refers to the principle that an employee should receive orders and instructions from only one supervisor or boss. In this situation, the employee is frustrated because they are receiving conflicting orders from different bosses, which violates the principle of unity of command. The employee is unable to comply with both orders, leading to frustration and confusion. This could have been avoided if there was a clear chain of command and the employee had a single supervisor giving them instructions.

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  • 3. 

    In the fire service, division of labor is necessary to:

    • A.

      Assign responsobility

    • B.

      Prevent duplication of effort

    • C.

      Make specific assignments

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    In the fire service, division of labor is necessary to assign responsibility, prevent duplication of effort, and make specific assignments. This means that by dividing tasks and responsibilities among different individuals, everyone knows what they are accountable for and can work efficiently without duplicating efforts. Each person is given specific assignments based on their skills and expertise, ensuring that tasks are completed effectively. Therefore, all of the given options are correct explanations for why division of labor is necessary in the fire service.

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  • 4. 

    Policies are examples of sstanding plans designed to provide:

    • A.

      Staffing requirement guidelines

    • B.

      Guidance for decision making

    • C.

      Problem-solving

    • D.

      Communications

    Correct Answer
    B. Guidance for decision making
    Explanation
    Policies are established guidelines or rules that provide direction and guidance for decision making within an organization. They outline the acceptable behaviors, procedures, and actions that employees should follow when making decisions. By having clear policies in place, organizations can ensure consistency, fairness, and accountability in decision making processes. These policies help managers and employees make informed choices and navigate complex situations by providing a framework for decision making. Therefore, policies serve as a valuable tool in guiding decision making within an organization.

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  • 5. 

    A procedure is a(n):

    • A.

      Guide to thinking

    • B.

      Detailed guide to action.

    • C.

      Guide to decision making.

    • D.

      Interpretation

    Correct Answer
    B. Detailed guide to action.
    Explanation
    A procedure is a detailed guide to action because it provides step-by-step instructions on how to perform a specific task or achieve a desired outcome. It outlines the specific actions or processes that need to be followed in order to complete a task effectively and efficiently. Procedures are often used in various fields such as business, science, and healthcare to ensure consistency, accuracy, and productivity in carrying out tasks. They provide clear instructions and guidelines that individuals can follow to achieve the desired results.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is one of the major functions/components of the Incident Management System?

    • A.

      PIO

    • B.

      Planning

    • C.

      Liaison

    • D.

      Safety Officer

    Correct Answer
    B. Planning
    Explanation
    Planning is one of the major functions/components of the Incident Management System. This involves developing strategies, creating action plans, and setting objectives to effectively respond to incidents. Planning helps in coordinating resources, allocating tasks, and establishing communication channels to ensure a systematic and organized response. It enables incident managers to anticipate potential challenges, identify priorities, and make informed decisions during emergencies. Planning also includes evaluating the effectiveness of response efforts and implementing necessary adjustments to improve future incident management.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following IS NOT one of the characteristics of an Incident Management System?

    • A.

      Common Termionology

    • B.

      Unified command

    • C.

      Modular Orginization

    • D.

      Prefire Plans

    Correct Answer
    D. Prefire Plans
    Explanation
    The characteristics of an Incident Management System include common terminology, unified command, and modular organization. Prefire plans, on the other hand, are not a characteristic of an Incident Management System. Prefire plans are typically developed by fire departments and are used to outline strategies and tactics for responding to fires in specific locations. While prefire plans may be important for emergency response, they are not specifically related to the Incident Management System, which focuses on overall coordination and management of incidents.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following IS NOT a major functional component of the Incident Managment System?

    • A.

      Groups

    • B.

      Planning

    • C.

      Logistics

    • D.

      Operations

    Correct Answer
    A. Groups
    Explanation
    Groups is not a major functional component of the Incident Management System. The major functional components of the system typically include planning, logistics, and operations. Groups, on the other hand, is not typically considered a separate functional component but rather a part of the operations component. It refers to the different teams or groups that are involved in managing and responding to the incident, such as the incident command team, response teams, and support teams.

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  • 9. 

    NFPA ______ is the standard that contains minimum requirements and procedures for a safety and health program.

    • A.

      1901

    • B.

      1932

    • C.

      1001

    • D.

      1500

    Correct Answer
    D. 1500
    Explanation
    NFPA 1500 is the standard that contains minimum requirements and procedures for a safety and health program. This standard provides guidelines for establishing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive safety and health program to protect personnel and property. It covers various aspects such as risk assessment, incident management, training, and emergency operations. By following NFPA 1500, organizations can ensure the safety and well-being of their employees and create a culture of safety within their workplace.

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  • 10. 

    Under normal conditons, only a(n) ______ may order multiple alarms or additional resources for large-scale incidents.

    • A.

      Logistics officer

    • B.

      Planning officer

    • C.

      Safety operations officer

    • D.

      Incident commander

    Correct Answer
    D. Incident commander
    Explanation
    The incident commander is the correct answer because they are responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of an incident, including ordering multiple alarms or additional resources for large-scale incidents. They have the authority and expertise to make decisions and take actions to ensure the effective response and resolution of the incident. The logistics officer, planning officer, and safety operations officer may have specific roles and responsibilities, but the incident commander is the overall leader in managing the incident.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following is not a characteristic of the IMS?

    • A.

      Integrated communications

    • B.

      Predesignated facilities

    • C.

      Modular Orginization

    • D.

      Independent action plans

    Correct Answer
    D. Independent action plans
    Explanation
    The IMS (Incident Management System) is a standardized approach used by emergency response organizations to manage incidents effectively. It emphasizes integrated communications, predesignated facilities, and a modular organization structure. However, independent action plans are not a characteristic of the IMS. Instead, the IMS encourages coordination and collaboration among different response agencies to ensure a cohesive and efficient response to incidents.

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  • 12. 

    The IMS should:

    • A.

      Be fully implemented for all situations

    • B.

      Be initiated by the first fire unit on scene.

    • C.

      Provide procedures that perfectly fit all departments.

    • D.

      Eliminate the needs for mutual aid assistance

    Correct Answer
    B. Be initiated by the first fire unit on scene.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "be initiated by the first fire unit on scene." This means that the Incident Management System (IMS) should be started by the first fire unit that arrives at the scene of an incident. This ensures that the proper procedures and protocols are put in place from the beginning, allowing for effective coordination and management of the incident. It does not imply that the IMS should be fully implemented for all situations, provide procedures that perfectly fit all departments, or eliminate the need for mutual aid assistance.

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  • 13. 

    Within the IMS, the positions of Safety, Liaison, and Information are:

    • A.

      Divisions

    • B.

      Groups

    • C.

      Functional areas

    • D.

      Comand staff positions

    Correct Answer
    D. Comand staff positions
    Explanation
    The positions of Safety, Liaison, and Information within the IMS are command staff positions. Command staff positions are responsible for providing strategic guidance and support to the incident commander. They help in managing and coordinating the overall incident response, ensuring safety, communication, and liaison with external agencies or organizations. These positions are crucial in ensuring effective incident management and facilitating the flow of information between different entities involved in the incident response.

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  • 14. 

    What is the optimal number of individuals that one person should be supervising at an emergency iincident?

    • A.

      Up to two

    • B.

      Eight to ten

    • C.

      Three to seven

    • D.

      Eight or more

    Correct Answer
    C. Three to seven
    Explanation
    The optimal number of individuals that one person should be supervising at an emergency incident is three to seven. This range allows for effective supervision and coordination without overwhelming the supervisor. With fewer than three individuals, the supervisor may not have enough resources to handle the situation adequately. On the other hand, supervising more than seven individuals can lead to a decrease in individual attention and may hinder effective communication and decision-making during the emergency.

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  • 15. 

    In order for the Incident Management System to function properly, it must contain all of the following components except:

    • A.

      Common terminology

    • B.

      Integrated communications

    • C.

      All personnel from a single agency

    • D.

      Consolidated incident action plans

    Correct Answer
    C. All personnel from a single agency
    Explanation
    The Incident Management System (IMS) is designed to effectively manage and respond to incidents. It requires certain components to function properly. Common terminology is essential for effective communication and coordination among different agencies involved. Integrated communications ensure seamless information sharing and collaboration. Consolidated incident action plans provide a unified strategy for response. However, having all personnel from a single agency may limit the availability of expertise and resources from other agencies, hindering the effectiveness of the IMS. Therefore, this component is not necessary for the IMS to function properly.

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  • 16. 

    Under the IMS, the _______ is responsible for determining the strategic goals for control of an incident.

    • A.

      Incident commander

    • B.

      Operations officer

    • C.

      Planning officer

    • D.

      Administration officer

    Correct Answer
    A. Incident commander
    Explanation
    The incident commander is responsible for determining the strategic goals for control of an incident under the IMS. This role is typically assigned to a senior official who oversees the overall management of the incident. The incident commander assesses the situation, establishes objectives, and develops a plan to mitigate the incident. They coordinate with other key personnel and allocate resources to ensure effective response and control. The incident commander plays a crucial role in directing and coordinating the response efforts to achieve the desired outcome.

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  • 17. 

    Under the IMS, the ______ is responsible for implementing the tactical assignments to meet the strategical goal.

    • A.

      Incident commander

    • B.

      Operations chief

    • C.

      Planning chief

    • D.

      Safety officer

    Correct Answer
    B. Operations chief
    Explanation
    The operations chief is responsible for implementing the tactical assignments to meet the strategic goal under the Incident Management System (IMS). This role involves coordinating and supervising all operational activities, ensuring that resources are properly allocated, and managing the overall response effort. The operations chief works closely with other key positions, such as the incident commander and planning chief, to ensure effective and efficient incident management. The safety officer, on the other hand, is responsible for monitoring and assessing safety hazards and risks during the incident response.

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  • 18. 

    A situation status report is provided upon:

    • A.

      Termination of the incident

    • B.

      Arrival

    • C.

      Transfer of command

    • D.

      Setup of the staging area

    Correct Answer
    C. Transfer of command
    Explanation
    A situation status report is provided upon the transfer of command. This means that when a new person or team takes over the command and control of the incident, a situation status report is given to them. This report provides an update on the current situation, including any changes or developments since the previous report. It helps ensure that the new command team has all the necessary information to effectively take charge and make informed decisions.

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  • 19. 

    Key components of an IMS include planning, supervision, and:

    • A.

      Attribution

    • B.

      Machination

    • C.

      Perambulation

    • D.

      Communications

    Correct Answer
    D. Communications
    Explanation
    An IMS (Information Management System) is a comprehensive system that involves various key components for effective management. Planning is essential to establish goals and strategies, while supervision ensures proper implementation and monitoring of tasks. In addition to these components, communications play a crucial role in an IMS. Effective communication is necessary for sharing information, coordinating activities, and maintaining collaboration among team members. It facilitates the flow of information within the system, enabling efficient decision-making and problem-solving. Therefore, communications is an integral part of an IMS.

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  • 20. 

    Who is the IC's point of contact for representatives from outside agencies?

    • A.

      The planning director

    • B.

      The communications center

    • C.

      The liaison officer

    • D.

      The staging chief

    Correct Answer
    C. The liaison officer
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the liaison officer. The liaison officer is responsible for serving as the point of contact for representatives from outside agencies. They act as a bridge between different organizations, facilitating communication and coordination. They ensure that information flows smoothly between the Incident Command (IC) and external agencies, helping to establish effective partnerships and collaboration during emergency situations.

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  • 21. 

    By what title or rank are the heads of the four major functional components of the IMS known?

    • A.

      Director

    • B.

      Chief

    • C.

      Manager

    • D.

      Officer

    Correct Answer
    D. Officer
    Explanation
    The heads of the four major functional components of the IMS are known as officers.

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