FEMA IS 200.C ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident Answer Key


Answer key to IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response. Contains correct FEMA ICS 200 C Answers and course notes to help you pass the final examination. This study guide goes over the basic NIMS guidelines and meets NIMS baseline training requirements for ICS 200. Designed to meet the all-hazards all-agency requirements for operational personnel. You will learn how to operate efficiently during an incident using the Incident Command system. You might also want to take a look at our FEMA IS 100.C Answers Guide, FEMA IS 700.B Answers Guide, and FEMA IS 800.C Answers Guide!

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Course Overview

IS200, Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, reviews the Incident Command System ICS, provides the context for ICS within initial response, and supports higher level ICS training. This course provides training on, and resources for, personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within ICS.
The Emergency Management Institute developed its ICS courses collaboratively with:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • United State Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch

Note: IS-200.c is an updated version of the IS-200 course. If you have successfully completed IS-200.b or IS-200.a, you may want to review the new version of the course. For credentialing purposes, the courses are equivalent.
NIMS Compliance

This course is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for IS-200.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course, you should be able to: Describe the course objectives and summarize basic information about the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS):

  • Describe how the NIMS Management Characteristics relate to Incident Command and Unified Command.
  • Describe the delegation of authority process, implementing authorities, management by objectives, and preparedness plans and objectives.
  • Identify ICS organizational components, the Command Staff, the General Staff, and ICS tools.
  • Describe different types of briefings and meetings.
  • Explain flexibility within the standard ICS organizational structure.
  • Explain transfer of command briefings and procedures.
  • Use ICS to manage an incident or event.

Primary Audience

The intended audience(s) are response personnel at the supervisory level who are involved with emergency planning, response, or recovery efforts.


IS-100.c An Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS 100).

From FEMA IS 200.B ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident


Who generally facilitates the Operational Period Brief?
A. Public Information Officer
Answer: Planning Section Chief
C. Operations Section Chief
D. Logistics Section Chief


An Incident Commander’s scope of authority comes from the Incident Action Plan.
Answer: FALSE


When a more qualified person arrives on scene, which statement best describes what happens?
A. The more qualified person automatically becomes the new Incident Commander and assumes command. The outgoing Incident Commander demobilizes to avoid confusion.
B. The Emergency Operations Center Director must order a Transfer of Command.
Answer: The more qualified person has options based on agency guidelines; these can include assuming command, maintaining command as is, or requesting a more qualified Incident Commander.
D. The more qualified person becomes the new Incident Commander at the beginning of the next operational period.


Which Incident Type requires one or two single resources with up to six personnel?
A. Type 2
B. Type 4
C. Type 5
D. Type 3

Which Incident Type requires regional or national resources with up to 200 personnel per operational period?
A. Type 1
B. Type 4
C. Type 5
D. Type 2

Which of these is NOT a tool that you would need at the incident?
A. Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
B. Maps of the affected area
C. Exercise Plan
D. Agency Procedures Manual

ICS Form 201 is not suitable for use as an initial Incident Action Plan (IAP).

Using specific position titles in ICS helps to describe the responsibilities of the position.

The Incident Command System (ICS) is only applicable to large, complex incidents.

Which statement below correctly describes how to manage span of control using the modular concept?
A. Span of control may be extended beyond 1:10 in order to ensure that more resources can be deployed on complex, large incidents
B. Span of control should be established without consideration of factors such as the type of incident, nature of the task, hazards, and safety factors
C. Span of control is less of a factor of concern for incidents that are resolved within the initial operational period
D. Span of control is accomplished by organizing resources into Teams, Divisions, Groups, Branches, or Sections

Which NIMS Management Characteristic helps to eliminate confusion caused by multiple, conflicting directives?
A. Accountability
B. Management by Objectives
C. Chain of Command and Unity of Command
D. Information and Intelligence Management

An important feature of Emergency Operation Plans is that they ________________________________.
A. are available electronically and may be updated throughout the incident.
B. provide a uniform response to all hazards that a community may face.
C. are specifically tailored to recovery and contingency plans.
D. may be used in place of the National Incident Management System.

Which of the following is NOT a recommended characteristic for incident objectives?
A. Measurable and attainable
B. Stated in broad terms to allow for flexibility
C. Includes a standard and timeframe
D. In accordance with the Incident Commander’s authorities

An Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) from the affected jurisdiction is considered an ICS Tool.

Which NIMS Management Characteristic refers to the number of subordinates that directly report to a supervisor?
A. Modular Organization
B. Manageable Span of Control
C. Chain of Command and Unity of Command
D. Management by Objectives

Which factor does not impact the complexity of an incident?
A. Community and responder safety
B. Potential hazardous materials
C. Cost considerations of responding agencies
D. Political sensitivity, external influences, and media relations

NIMS provides a consistent framework for incident management at all jurisdictional levels regardless of the cause, size, or complexity of the incident.

When the supervisor-to-subordinate ratio exceeds manageable span of control, additional Teams, Divisions, Groups, Branches, or Sections can be established. Which NIMS Management characteristic does this describe?
A. Comprehensive Resource Management
B. Formal Communication
C. Management by Objectives
D. Modular Organization

When an incident expands ________________________________.
A. all functions of the Command and General Staff must be filled.
B. all functions of the Command and General Staff are filled and the entire list of elements within each Section.
C. functions and positions remain the same throughout the incident regardless of expansion.
D. only the functions and positions necessary are filled.

Which General Staff member directs management of all incident-related operational activities to achieve the incident objectives?
A. Operations Section Chief
B. Tactics Section Chief
C. Planning Division Director
D. Planning Section Chief

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