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COURSE: IS-701.A - NIMS Multiagency Coordination Systems
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Command vs. Coordination

Fire Chief

Command is the act of directing, ordering, or controlling by virtue of explicit statutory, regulatory, or delegated authority at the field level. The ICS command structure allows that authority to be delegated from the agency administrator to the Incident Commander and/or Area Command in response to an emergency.

State Emergency Management personnel

Coordination is the process of providing support to the command structure and may include incident prioritization, critical resource allocation, communications systems integration, and information exchange.

Remember . . . Direct tactical and operational responsibility for conducting incident management activities rests with the Incident Command/Area Command.

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