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Chapter 2 addendum 4

Lobby Control Unit

The following equipment shall be carried in every elevator car:

x Handie-Talkie
x 1 set of Forcible Entry Tools
x Spare Cylinder
x Elevator Keys
x Search Rope
x Elevator Control Sheet
x Clipboard

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FDNY INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM

In general the span of control of any individual with management responsibility should range from _______ to _______ with _____ being ideal.

three to seven

five

2

The kind of incident, nature of the tasks, safety factors and communications will affect the span of control consideration.

If tasks are simple and routine, take place in a limited or small area, communications are good, no unusual safety hazards are present and the incident is reasonably stable, then one individual may supervise up to seven subordinates.

Conversely, if tasks are demanding, take place over a large area, and the incident is escalating, the span of control might be reduced to three or four.

3

"Unified Command,"

each department and/or agency will maintain control over its own personnel. It enables all involved agencies to perform their roles effectively, minimize inefficiency and avoid duplication of effort.

4

In ICS, once resources are allocated to an incident, they are assigned to one of three status conditions:

A. Available - ready for immediate assignment.

B. Assigned - performing an active assignment.

C. Out of Service/R&R - not ready for assignment

5

Resources Unit

is responsible for maintaining status information of all resources allocated to the incident.

6

Situation Unit

is responsible for the collection, processing and organization of incident information.

Generally this information is graphically displayed on the command board, or other display at the Incident Command Post.

7

Strike Team -

Specific combinations of the same kind and type of resources with common communications, under the supervision of an Officer designated as a Strike Team Leader (e.g., five engine companies and a Chief Officer assigned to brand patrol at a multiple alarm).

8

Task Force -

Any combination of resources with communications capability, under the supervision of an Officer designated as a Task ForceLeader, put together for a temporary assignment.

Generally, the number of resources in a task force should be limited to five for control purposes.

A task force may be formed when more than one unit must be managed. Task forces may be formed for many functions. They may be pre-established or made up at the incident (e.g., members of FDNY-FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force).

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Communications Unit, the company shall be staffed with a minimum of three trained members.

Trained officers count towards this total.

At large, complex operations that will extend over many operational periods (e.g. major collapses, natural disasters, recovery operations) the Communications Unit will be part of the Logistics Section, operating under the Communications Unit Leader

The officer of the Communications Unit will not be designated as the COML.

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The Lobby Control Unit is a functional unit within the Logistics Section primarily responsible for the controlled movement of personnel to and from the upper floors at a Hi-Rise incident.

If there is no Logistics Section Chief, the LCU will report directly to the Incident Commander.

The Company Officer will be designated the Lobby Control Unit Leader (LCUL)

The Company Officer assigned as Lobby Control Unit Leader shall don the ICS vest with the insert “LOBBY CONTROL UNIT LEADER”

The Lobby Control Unit is responsible for operation and control of elevators. This unit should be prepared and trained to operate elevators at an incident. This shall include:

x Assume control of elevators and provide operators
x Ensure that all elevators that terminate at the lobby are recalled and searched
x Establish controls to account for personnel exiting and entering the elevators
x Provide resources to transport personnel to upper floors as required
x The LCU shall take on the duties of the Systems Control Unit when directed by the IC

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LOBBY CONTROL UNIT

The LCUL shall verify the location of the following:

Fire Floor
Forward Staging Area
SAE Post
Forward Triage Area

> The LCUL shall be stationed at the elevator lobby. They will maintain control of all elevators from this location
> All elevator operation shall be conducted as per Training Bulletins Emergencies 1
> Ensure all elevator cars are recalled and searched. Report results to the IC
> Determine the correct bank of elevators for transporting personnel to upper floors in consultation with the IC
> Ensure that elevator cars are staffed as needed
> Relieve OV from first alarm units operating elevators
> Ensure that a reliable communications link and tools are provided for each elevator car
> Ensure that elevator operators know the location of the stairway in relation to elevator cars
> Record units entering elevators and their destination
> Ensure elevators are not overloaded or overcrowded
> Contact elevators that have not been heard from within a reasonable amount of time
> If possible one elevator shall be maintained in readiness at the forward staging area and one maintained at the lobby
> The Lobby Control Unit will operate on the Tactical Channel

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The Systems Control Unit is a functional unit within the Logistics Section primarily responsible to monitor and control building systems as directed by the IC. If there is no Logistics Section Chief the Systems Control Unit Leader (SCUL) will report directly to the Incident Commander.

The Systems Control Unit Leader will maintain a close liaison with building personnel.

Assigned duties will be done with the assistance of building personnel (Fire SafetyDirector, Building Engineer).

This shall include:

x Monitor and control the HVAC system as directed by the IC
x Monitor and control the building fire suppression systems as directed by the IC
x Monitor and control any other building system as directed by the IC
x Maintain contact with essential building personnel (Facility Engineer, Fire Safety Director)

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The Lobby Control Unit shall also take on the duties of the Systems Control Unit Until relieved by another designated unit.

The Company Officer will be the designated the Systems Control Unit Leader

The Company Officer assigned as Systems Control Unit Leader shall don the ICS vest with the insert “SYSTEMS CONTROL UNIT LEADER”

Operating Procedures:

> Review any CIDS information available via MDT
> Obtain information on the type and current performance of built in systems
> Evaluate and operate as directed, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC), the smoke removal systems and stairwell pressurization systems
> Evaluate, support and control as needed the building electrical system, emergency power plant, and security systems
> Evaluate and support as needed the public address, telephone, warden phone and other building communications systems

**Operation of building systems must be done with the assistance of building personnel**

**The operation, shutdown or change of any building system shall not be done without the permission of the IC or Operation Section Chief**

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You are the officer on duty in E123 when your unit receives a response. The firefighter on housewatch hands you a copy of the response ticket and it has your unit designated as E123L. You would know your responsibilites would fall under which section of the Incident Command System?

A: Operations

B: Planning

C: Logistics

D: Administration

C. Logistics

Explanation:

ICS MANUAL, CH. 2, ADDENDUM 4

Sect 1.1 - The Lobby Control Unit is a functional unit within the Logistics Section primarily responsible for the controlled movement of personnel to and from the upper floors at a Hi-Rise incident.

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A 10-76 has just been transmitted in the borough of Manhattan. The FF on housewatch hands you the response ticket which shows your unit as E123L. As the Lobby Control Unit Leader, you shall verify all of the following locations except?

A: Forward Triage Area

B: SAE Post

C: Staging Area

D: Fire Floor

C: FORWARD Staging Area

Explanation:
ICS CH 2, Add 4 Sect 4.2

The Lobby Control Unit Leader shall verify the location of the following:

Fire Floor
FORWARD Staging Area
SAE Post
Forward Triage Area

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SINGLE COMMAND

"BAD ChIEFS"

Boat (first arriving)
Auto (first arriving)
Downed Tree

Confined Space
H
Impalement/Entrapment
Elevator
Fire
Structural Collapse