Delegation of Authority

What is Delegation of Authority?

Delegation of Authority meaning in Safety terms is

  • A statement provided to the incident commander by the agency executive delegating authority and assigning responsibility. The delegation of authority can include objectives, priorities, expectations, constraints and other considerations or guidelines as needed. Many agencies require written delegation of authority to be given to incident commanders prior to their assuming command on larger incidents. 


reference: Glossary A – Z | National Wildfire Coordinating Group