Team Roles

IST roles and responsibilities vary and are dependent on the type of mission the unit is being deployed to support and on the tenets of the Incident Command System.

Typical roles include:


  • Develop and manage the Incident Action Plan, when requested.
  • Provide situational awareness on weather, river flow, and other environmental conditions¬†as appropriate to the mission.
  • Assist with setting up the King County Sheriff’s Office¬†Command Vehicle, as needed.


  • Ensure roster check-in/out. At all times, be aware of total headcount present.
  • Collect/return passports for general mission personnel accountability.
  • Manage the general mission log for the Command Post.
  • Maintain the Command Post incident map.
  • Collect information on loss claims for equipment relating to the mission.
  • If requested, debrief teams on assignment completion, and complete relevant ICS forms.
  • If necessary, download GPS tracks of returning teams.
  • Take notes for reporting during subject/witness interviews.
  • Gather all team assignments and debriefing reports on assignment completion.
  • Close out mission paper work.

Communication & Coordination

  • Manage Command Post radio traffic and accurately update Communications Log.
  • Manage team composition and tracking, for the Command Post.
  • Coordinate with other KCSARA units to receive updated information on personnel assignments.
  • Liaison as necessary with external parties to support the mission (porta-potties, food, page out for additional resources, etc.).
  • When time permits, enter roster on KCSARA database, and update with check out information, at end of mission. If unable to complete on mission, take hard copies to complete from home.

Other Duties

  • Provide base medical support (if licensed to do so).
  • Prompt IC as needed for special support such as a chaplain, PIO, etc.
  • Provide demobilization for the Command Post.
  • Actively support the continuing implementation of ICS as a KCSO/KCSARA standard.