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Operational Tactical Manual
7 Critical Tasks
The first responder is responsible for managing the Crisis Phase of the Response Stage to a critical incident. The 7 Critical Tasks
consists of strategies and tactics to:
limit the growth of the incident,
ensure the safety of citizens/responders,
stabilize the scene.
The Incident Action Plan of the Incident Commander in the Crisis Phase of the Response Stage to a critical incident must
address the 7 Critical Tasks.
The 7 CRITICAL TASKS
Establish Command and Control
Assume and Communicate Command
Establish Emergency Communications (Code 99 traffic)
Determine what has happened
number of suspects
types of weapons
Identify Hot Zones
Identify the Hot Zone immediately to limit exposure to danger
Communicate the Hot Zone to the Communications Personnel
No one is allowed into the Hot Zone
Evacuate or Shelter-In-Place?
Establish the Inner Perimeter
Designed to contain Hot Zone
Ensure Cover and Concealment
Only uniformed personnel, replace plainclothes as soon as possible.
Authorized personnel only within inner perimeter.
Maintain proper distance, consider hazmat and WMD ranges.
Protect critical vulnerabilities (communications equipment, day care, chemical storage, etc.)
Establish the Command Post
Located between the Inner and Outer Perimeter
May be a vehicle initially
Agency representatives and unit leaders should be directed to the Command Post
Static Command considerations:
privacy and security
Establish the Staging Area
Used to control, the deployment of personnel and material.
Located outside the inner perimeter.
Should not be within view of the scene.
Should not be co-located with Command Post.
Large enough to manage resources awaiting deployment.
All unassigned units are directed to and respond from the Staging Area.
Establish the Outer Perimeter
Limit access and control to emergency management area
Identify safe routes to and from scene.
Control Access to Inner Perimeter
Establish a Media Information area
Identify and Request Resources
Assess need for personnel, specialized units and equipment.
Anticipate needs to reduce response time.
Direct resources to the Staging Area.
It is better to have too many resources than too little
Example - possible ICS structure in Crisis Phase
See: Checklist OTM/014 ICS Implementation
Evacuate during Crisis Phase only if people can be moved safely in an orderly manner.
Is it Safer to shelter in place?
It is best to evacuate from location to location and keep a log of evacuees. (KSU-ICS 300 form)
Mark evacuated locations when possible (KSU-ICS 300-1 form)
Consider the "3 P's" - PURSES (ID's, cash, cards), PILLS (medications), PETS
Security for evacuation locations when possible.
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