The Incident Command System (ICS)
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized approach to incident management that can be used for all kinds of incidents by all types of organizations and at all levels of government. ICS is applicable to small incidents as well as large and complex ones. The ICS can be used to manage any type of incidents, including unplanned events (e.g., snow storms, tornados, power outages, fires, etc.) or planned event (e.g., the Olympics, the Governor’s inauguration, state fairs, a local parade, etc.). The use of ICS is applicable to all types of incidents, regardless of their size or cause.
Because this is the country-wide standard for responding to incidents, we encourage you to take three online FEMA ICS courses. The list of available courses can be found on the FEMA training page.
- IS-100.c Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS-200.c ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-700.b An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
- When you’re ready to train, start with the IS-100.c section. Click the link above for IS-100.c. Look to the right side and under “TAKE THIS COURSE” and pick Interactive Web Based Course.
- A new window will open. At the top, you will see a center box labeled “Lesson 1: Course Welcome and ICS”.
- Click the drop-down arrow and you will see there are 5 sections in the course. Leave it at Lesson 1; go to the bottom and click the right-arrow to go to the next page of Lesson 1.
- On the first screen, you’ll see a link to allow you to click for a printable summary of the course. Click on that and minimize the summary. You can refer to it when you get to the test page of each section.
- You may have to complete each course in one sitting. If you have to stop, you can go back and start at the beginning again and scroll through the slides you’ve already reviewed, but you will have to re-take the quiz for each section that you already completed before continuing.
- When you complete the final exam, you will be able to download a certificate of completion. Please provide certificates for each course you complete to your supervisor so you can be credited in your training record.
- Repeat steps for IS-200.c and IS-700.b courses.