Operations Section Chief Type 3, OPS3

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Incident Positions
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  • Attend briefing from the Agency Administrator or outgoing Incident Commander.
  • Identify kind, type and number of resources required to achieve control objectives.
  • Collect information from outgoing Operations Section Chief, initial Incident Commander or other personnel responsible for incident.
  • Prepare for and participate in strategy meetings.
  • Evaluate and monitor current situation.
  • Observe and review current operations to prepare tactics for operational period planning meetings.
  • Evaluate urban interface needs.
  • Evaluate resource status and tactical needs to determine appropriate resource assignments.
  • Participate in preparation of IAP.
  • Lead operational period briefings.
  • Interact and coordinate with Command and General Staff.
  • Supervise operations organization.
  • Coordinate with replacement Operations Section Chief or others.
  • Evaluate overall effectiveness of IAP and adjust when necessary.
  • Use fire behavior prediction information to plan and organize tactical operations.
  • Update Incident Commander on current accomplishments and/or problems.
  • Report special events (incidents, accidents, political contacts, property loss or damage, etc.).
  • Ensure all personnel and equipment time records are complete and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Consider demobilization needs throughout the incident.
  • Assist in development and approval of Incident Demobilization Plan.
  • Implement Demobilization Plan.
  • Ensure that performance ratings are completed as required by the incident or agency policy.
  • Participate in Agency Administrator debriefing.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • ICS-400, Advanced ICS
  • Qualified DIVS or ICT3


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