On February 28, 2003, the President issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). According to HSPD-5:

The system will provide a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity.The Emergency Management Institute developed the new ICS courses collaboratively with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG, the United States Fire Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture to meet the NIMS compliance.

NIMS training standards are established and enforced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). States and local jurisdictions are requested to assist in maintaining integrity and standards of the NIMS system.


Description: This 1 day course will introduce you to the roles of the Incident Command System (ICS) and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) during emergency operations, and discuss ways to develop an ICS/EOC interface implementation strategy or action plan for your community. The target audience includes personnel associated with on-scene Incident Command, and EOCs and Multiagency Coordination (MAC) System entities.

Prerequisites: None 

Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents, ICS-300:

Description: This 2 day course provides training on the resources for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. The course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. This course describes how the NIMS Command/and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents; the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the ICS; Implement the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident; and students develop an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

Prerequisites: IS-700, IS-800, IS-100, IS-200

Advanced Incident Command System (ICS), Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents, ICS 400:

Description: This 2 day course provides training on the resources for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS 300 Courses. These earlier courses are prerequisites for ICS-400. ICS-400 explains how major incidents engender special management challenges; describe the circumstances in which an Area Command is established; and describe the circumstances in which multi-agency coordination systems are established.

Prerequisites: IS-700, IS-800, IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300