Incident Command System Training

Safety University offers training and exercise support to disaster/emergency responders to enhance emergency response. Training is offered with the goal to prepare for emergencies ranging from catastrophic disasters to routine emergencies including: management level, Incident Command System (ICS); performance based training, reality based training and awareness level.


SafetyU serves all emergency response professionals, including:


Course Objectives

ICS 100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the principles and basic structure of the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Describe the NIMS Management Characteristics that are the foundation of the ICS.
  • Describe the ICS functional areas and the roles of the Incident Commander and Command Staff.
  • Describe the General Staff roles within ICS.
  • Identify how NIMS management characteristics apply to ICS for a variety of roles and discipline areas.
Version: 2018

ICS 200 - Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the course objectives and summarize basic information about the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Describe how the NIMS Management Characteristics relate to Incident Command and Unified Command.
  • Describe the delegation of authority process, implementing authorities, management by objectives, and preparedness plans and objectives.
  • Identify ICS organizational components, the Command Staff, the General Staff, and ICS tools.
  • Describe different types of briefings and meetings.
  • Explain flexibility within the standard ICS organizational structure.
  • Explain transfer of command briefings and procedures.
  • Use ICS to manage an incident or event.
Version: 2019

ICS 300 - Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Given a simulated situation, identify roles and reporting relationships under a Unified Command that involves agencies within the same jurisdiction and under multijurisdictional conditions.
  • Develop incident objectives for a simulated incident.
  • Create an ICS Form 215, Operational Planning Worksheet, and an ICS Form 215A, Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis, using the strategies and tactics from a given scenario.
  • Create a written IAP for an incident/event using the appropriate ICS forms and supporting materials and use the IAP to conduct an operational period briefing.
  • Explain the principles and practices of incident resources management.
  • Identify demobilization considerations for a given scenario.
Version: 2019

ICS 400 - Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents

At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Given a scenario and review materials, apply key NIMS doctrine concepts (NIMS Management Characteristics, Unified Command, Incident Command System structure and functional area responsibilities, IAP Preparation and the Operational Period Planning Cycle, and incident complexity) to the management of a complex incident or event.
  • Apply the appropriate structural option to manage a complex incident.
  • Given a scenario, develop an Area Command organization.
  • Identify the complex incident management issues that can result from a lack of multiagency coordination.
Version: 2019