1. Jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident
Selection of Incident Commanders is done by the Jurisdiction or organization with primary responsibility for the incident.
An effective Incident Commander must be assertive, decisive, objective, calm, and a quick thinker. To handle all of the responsibilities of this role, the Incident Commander also needs to be adaptable, flexible, and realistic about his or her limitations. The Incident Commander also needs to have the capability to delegate positions appropriately as needed for an incident. Initially, the Incident Commander will be the senior first-responder to arrive at the scene.
As additional responders arrive, command will transfer on the basis of who has primary authority for overall control of the incident.
As incidents grow in size or become more complex, the responsible jurisdiction or agency may assign a more highly qualified Incident Commander.