Which member of the command staff interfaces with other departments or agencies? There are many roles within the military that can be helpful in domestic incidents. Several examples of this include the General Staff, Safety Officer, Liaison Officer, and more. Each one serves a very specific function, but in general, they all have some common characteristics.


One of the primary functions of a Command and Staff member is to interface with other agencies and other groups involved in a particular incident. This person’s duties may include coordinating communications, providing incident intelligence and incident action plans, tracking resources and developing plans for demobilization.


While this role is typically assigned to an incident commander, some incidents involve a number of jurisdictions. When this occurs, a briefing is required, either oral or written. During the briefing, the incident staff should be notified of the change.

A member of the Command Staff can be appointed by the Incident Commander and must have the same qualifications and experience as the Incident Commander. He or she may also be designated for specific tasks as requested by the Incident Commander. For example, a member of the staff may be designated to represent the assisting agency that shares jurisdiction with the incident. The staff also includes a Public Information Officer, a Safety Officer, and other positions as necessary.


Another member of the Command Staff may be a Medical Director/Specialist. This person has specific clinical expertise, and may work outside the facility. In either case, he or she will report to the Incident Commander. He or she may also work directly with operations personnel.

General Staff

In an emergency, the General Staff interfaces with agencies and other government agencies to facilitate a coordinated response to a disaster or emergency. This team works together to identify incident objectives and coordinate the response to meet these objectives. In addition to managing the response, ICS members coordinate the allocation of resources, maintain documentation, and handle media inquiries. The ICS is also responsible for establishing tactics to meet the incident objectives, and monitoring costs related to the incident.

Other members of the command staff are responsible for collecting incident information and presenting it to stakeholders. The finance/administration section chief is responsible for tracking costs, maintaining personnel records, administering procurement contracts, and providing incident resources. The command staff also includes an information & intelligence officer. The information & intelligence branch is led by a director and is part of the command staff.

The General Staff also manages contracts, monitors reimbursements, and oversees timekeeping for incident personnel. NIMS also identifies strategies to meet objectives, selects personnel to serve on the Incident Management Team (IMT), and delegates functional responsibilities. NIMS also defines the scope of incident management and the span of control. These functions include providing resources, preparing and documenting incident action plans, and establishing an incident command system. In addition, the ICS also designs a process for transferring command, and documents mutual aid agreements.

Safety Officer

In the fire service, a Safety Officer is an officer who oversees the safety of fire fighters, coordinates activities of other agencies, and makes sure that all regulatory requirements are met. He also ensures that safety measures are effective and that personnel are safe and are properly trained in their jobs. In the event of a large incident, a Safety Officer will also act as the liaison between the incident commander and other agencies. He will help the incident commander coordinate the activities of the various agencies and provide information about the condition of the incident and the objectives.

The primary responsibilities of the Safety Officer include coordinating with the Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, and Planning Section Chief, as well as with other emergency responders. In addition, the Safety Officer must coordinate safety management functions between functional agencies, jurisdictions, and with the private sector and non-governmental organizations.

The Safety Officer is the person in charge of the safety of personnel and equipment at a disaster site. They identify safety hazards and implement measures to mitigate them. They report to the Incident Commander and are responsible for ensuring that personnel are safe. Safety Officers may also be assigned to a Section, which is an organizational level between the Incident Commander and Branch.

The Safety Officer’s responsibilities include preparing incident action plans and managing information to ensure that everyone involved in a disaster is properly trained. They also monitor contracts and coordinate reimbursements. They also oversee the timekeeping of incident personnel.

Liaison Officer

A Liaison Officer of the command staff is a member of the command staff who interfaces with other agencies during a crisis. He may interface with representatives of cooperating or assisting agencies and non-chain-of-command organizations. He may interface with a wide range of organizations, including environmental groups, insurance companies, and property owners.

The Liaison Officer of the Command Staff interfaces with other agencies to ensure a unified response. This role involves establishing and maintaining a common plan to coordinate with other agencies during an incident. This officer is also responsible for ensuring the safety and health of emergency responders.

The Liaison Officer of the command staff works with other agencies and other departments to ensure a coordinated response. He ensures that all parties involved in the incident are safe and complying with regulatory requirements. He should have the authority to withdraw responders or suspend operations if required. He should coordinate the involvement of other agencies during larger incidents and provide information on objectives and conditions.

Information Officer

A public information officer interfaces with agencies, media, and other stakeholders to provide information and make public statements. He or she is also responsible for communicating with employees and affected groups within an organization. During an emergency, the public information officer’s role may include coordinating information dissemination and media relations.

The information system must be flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of requirements, including those of individual agencies and larger organisations. For example, a public information officer equipped with a ‘go kit’ may eventually need to coordinate with a fully staffed Emergency Operations and Media Centre. This means that protocols must be in place to coordinate information sharing. Arrangements for staffing and financial resources must also be clarified.