Organization And Assignment of Responsibilities

Shane Goodreau

Grand Canyon University: EMM 685

Dr. Robert Ditch

January 25, 2023

Organization And Assignment of Responsibilities


Emergency situations can devastate communities, and organizations must have a well-structured and efficient plan in place to respond to such situations. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is a comprehensive document that outlines the organization and assignment of responsibilities for responding to emergencies within the Borough. This section of the EOP establishes the operational structure that will be used to respond to an emergency, detailing the structure's primary duties, individual jobs, and the principal and supporting functions of numerous agencies and departments

Organization and assignment of responsibilities

The operational organization that will be used to respond to an emergency is established by the EOP. The plan identifies key positions and responsibilities, including the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director, Operations Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Finance/Administration Section Chief, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, and Liaison Officer.

· The EOC Director acts as the main point of contact for the Borough and oversees the operation and coordination of the EOC overall.

· State government: Coordinate and implement emergency response operations, including providing resources and personnel, managing logistics, and providing financial resources to support the emergency response. They also offer direction and assistance to make ensuring that all operations are carried out in conformity with the relevant laws, rules, and policies.

· The Planning Section Chief is responsible for collecting and analyzing information related to the incident and providing guidance to the EOC Director.

· The Logistics Section Chief is responsible for coordinating the equipment and resources required to respond to the situation.

· Finance/Administration Section Chief is responsible for managing the financial and administrative aspects of the incident response.

· Public Information Officer: responsible for managing incident-related information and communication, including releasing official information to the public and the media.

· Safety Officer: responsible for managing incident-related safety and health issues, including identifying and evaluating potential hazards and developing safety plans and procedures.

· Liaison Officer: responsible for managing incident-related liaison and coordination activities, including coordinating incident-related activities with other agencies and organizations.

In addition to these key positions, the EOP also identifies several functional and support roles that are critical to the incident response effort. These include roles such as the Search and Rescue Coordinator, the Damage Assessment Coordinator, and the Evacuation Coordinator.

Tabular Matrix of Organizations and Areas of Responsibility

The FNSB EOP includes a tabular matrix that summarizes various organizations' and agencies' primary and supporting roles in responding to an emergency. The matrix includes information on the following organizations and agencies:


Primary role

Supporting role

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor

Overall coordination and management of emergency response efforts.


State and Local Government

Coordinate and implement emergency response operations, including providing resources and personnel and managing logistics.

Assure that all activities are carried out in line with the relevant laws, rules, and policies by providing guidance and direction.

The incident commander

Managing specific incident operations and support activities (Rubin, 2020).

Development of incident objectives

Establishment of incident command posts and emergency operations centers.

Damage assessment, debris management, and community recovery.

Fairbanks Fire Department

Fire suppression and emergency medical services

Search and rescue, hazardous materials response.

Fairbanks Police Department

Law enforcement and crowd control

Traffic control, incident command support

Fairbanks Emergency Medical Services

Emergency medical services

Patient transportation, incident command support

Fairbanks Office of Emergency Management

Coordination of emergency resource management and logistics, emergency public information, and warning

Emergency evacuation and sheltering operations, emergency recovery operations.

Fairbanks Emergency Communication center

Provide 24-hour monitoring, dispatch, and coordination of emergency response activities.

Support services such as emergency call-taking and database management.

Provide technical assistance and advice regarding emergency response operations.

Act as a liaison between emergency response personnel and the public.

American Red Cross department

Provide relief and comfort to those affected by an emergency.

Provide food, shelter, and medical assistance to those in need.

The Fairbanks Department of Public Works

Provide public works services, including road repair, snow removal, and infrastructure maintenance.

Provide additional personnel, vehicles, and equipment to support emergency response activities.

Organizational Structure

The Fairbanks North Star Borough EOP outlines the organization charts used to implement the ICS or Anytown Coordination System structure. The ICS provides a framework for the coordination of emergency response actions between all Borough departments, agencies, and organizations. The ICS structure consists of five key elements: command, operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration (Hall et al., 2022). The command element of the ICS is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the response, while the operations element focuses on the direct response to the incident. The planning element is responsible for developing and maintaining the EOP and ACS, while the logistics element focuses on providing the necessary resources and personnel. The finance/administration element is responsible for managing the financial and administrative aspects of the response.


In conclusion, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations Plan establishes a clear and efficient organizational structure and assigns specific responsibilities to key agencies and departments, including Fire, Police, and EMS, to effectively respond to emergency situations and protect the safety and well-being of residents and visitors. The plan provides a brief list of tasks to be performed by the organization and individual positions, a tabular matrix of organizations and areas of responsibility, and organization charts that depict the implementation of the Incident Command System structure. This ensures that all participating agencies and organizations are able to work together efficiently and effectively to manage emergency response operations and protect the community during times of crisis.


Hall, S., McGee, J. M., & Cooper, W. E. (2022). Security and Risk Assessment for Facility and Event Managers. In Google Books. Human Kinetics.

Rubin, C. B. (2020). Emergency management: the American experience (3rd ed.). London; Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.


Incident Manager

Office of Emergency Management

Public Information officer

Planning section chief

Fairbanks Emergency Medical Services

Fairbanks Fire Department

Fairbanks Emergency Communication center

The Fairbanks Department of Public Works

Fairbanks Police Department

Liaison Officer

American Red Cross department