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Manageable Span-of-Control in ICS

Span of control is an important concept in management. It is important in management and it is critical in disaster management. Having too many responders on a site can cause serious problems.

Manageable Span-of-Control within SEMS/ICS is a limitation on the number of emergency response personnel who can effectively be supervised or directed by an individual supervisor. The type of incident, the nature of the response or task, distance, and safety will influence the span of control range. Each activated function will have a person in charge of it. Every individual will have a supervisor and each supervisor should be responsible for no more than seven employees, with the ideal span-of-control being three to five persons.

1. Do you believe that a span of management of three to five persons to be the most effective span of control during a response to a disaster? If not, Why?
2. Would this recommended span of management possibly result in too many leaders and not enough people to actually do the work being located on site at any one time in ICS?

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1) I believe that a span of management of three to five persons is the most effective span of control during a response to a disaster. However, manageable span-of-control within ICS should be flexible and should have ability to expand or contract based on needs and requirements of the situation. If each supervisor is held responsible for three to five persons, it will provide a better control and the situation could be handled more effectively. It will also ...

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This solution discusses manageable span of control in Industrial control systems.

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