Incident Response System (IRS) is a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedure and communications operating within a common organizational structure, with responsibility for the management of assigned resources to effectively accomplish stated objectives pertaining to an incident.
- In line with our administrative structure and DM Act 2005, Responsible Officer (RO) designated at the State and District level as overall in charge of the incident response management. RO may delegate responsibilities to the Incident Commander (IC), who in turn will lead / manage the incident through Incident Response Teams (IRTs).
- IRS functions through Incident Response Teams (IRTs) in the field. An IRT is a team comprising all positions of IRS organization; headed by Incident Commander (IC).
- On receipt of Early Warning, RO activates IRTs. In case of a disaster without any warning, local IRT will respond and contact RO for further support, if required.
- IRTs pre-designated at all levels, i.e. State, District, Sub-Division and Tehsil/Block.
- Will function at State, District, Sub-Division and Tehsil / Block levels. Comprise officers of the State and District level respectively.
- IRT’s lowest administrative unit (Sub-Division / Tehsil / Block) will be the ‘first responder’.
- If the incident becomes complex and beyond the control of local IRT, higher level IRT will be informed / take over the response management. In such cases the lower level IRT will merge with higher level IRT.
- When lower level of IRT merges with a higher level, IC of lower level may play the role of Deputy IC or Operations Sections Chief (OSC) or any other duty that the IC of higher authority assigns.