reply to post by JustMike
Im glad to see you on here
I was reading up on the duties of a National Incident Commander.
I found this.
In the early 1970s, ICS was developed to manage rapidly moving wildfires and to address the following problems:
Too many people reporting to one supervisor;
Different emergency response organizational structures;
Lack of reliable incident information;
Inadequate and incompatible communications;
Lack of structure for coordinated planning among agencies;
Unclear lines of authority;
Terminology differences among agencies; and Unclear or unspecified incident objectives.
In 1980, federal officials transitioned ICS into a national program called the National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS), which became
the basis of a response management system for all federal agencies with wildfire management responsibilities. Since then, many federal agencies have
endorsed the use of ICS, and several have mandated its use.
I would like to ask you a few questions if you don't mind, I searched for the answers but haven't found them yet.
I see Admiral Thad Allen officially retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on June 30th.
"Following his position as commandant, Allen continued to serve on active duty for 36 days in his role as National Incident Commander of the Unified
Command for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Allen officially retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on June 30, 2010, but continues
to serve as a civilian as the National Incident Commander of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is a senior executive on the staff of DHS Secretary
Im not finding who was the National Incident Commander before him.
Not that it's really important at this time.
Was there already a commander assigned to the the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher before Admiral Thad Allen?
If not, I wonder why not before now?
Who is actually in charge of here, the government or BP or both working together?
edit to add: When I think I know what is going on, they change it.
I know BP seems to be the ones in charge, if so, I wonder how much authority Chad Allen has in this.
Would his recommendations be considered (by BP)?
What a mess! I don't have a good feeling about what is transpiring lately
[edit on 14-7-2010 by sweetliberty]