Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS-300)
The complexity of incident management during an escalating incident, coupled with the growing need for multi-agency and multi-functional involvement on incidents has increased the need for a single standard incident management system that can be used by all emergency response disciplines. Institutionalizing the use of ICS is required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive #5 and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Information on the National Incident Management System and theICS-700 Introduction to NIMS course can be found at NIMS (ICS-700).
Use of the Incident Command System by public safety and private sector organizations is the standard throughout the country. ICS is used in a variety of applications including:
Governmental operations and activities (Local, State, Federal)
School, College, University incidents and operations
Fires (structural and wildland)
Federal, State, tribal, and local emergency management/response personnel determine who within their organization requires ICS-300 training, based on local incident management organizational planning. Typically, required personnel include all mid-level management, Federal, State, tribal, local, private-sector, governmental and nongovernmental personnel, including persons serving as command staff, section chiefs, strike team leaders, task force leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multiagency coordination system/emergency operations center staff. The target audience for this course is individuals who may assume a supervisory/management role in expanding (Type 3) incidents. Persons likely to assume these ICS supervisory positions would include senior personnel from emergency management, fire service, law enforcement, security services, EMS, healthcare, education, military, and volunteer organizations active in disaster.
• ICS Fundamentals Review: Explain ICS staffing fundamentals and organization, including reporting and working relationships, information flow, and transfer of command. Match responsibility statements to each ICS organizational element.
• Unified Command: Define and identify the primary features of unified command. Describe the unified command organization and functions in a multijurisdictional or multiagency incident. Demonstrate roles and reporting relationships under a unified command in single and multi-jurisdictional incidents.
• Incident Management Operations: Describe methods and tools used to assess incident/event complexity. Describe the five steps in transferring and assuming incident command. Identify the key principles of incident management operations. Describe the process for developing incident objectives, strategies, and tactics.
• Resource Management: Identify and describe four basic principles of resource management. Identify the basic steps involved in managing incident resources. Demonstrate proper use of ICS forms.
• Planning Process: Identify the importance of and explain the differences between planning for incidents or events. Discuss major planning steps, including logistical concerns, cost-benefit analysis, situational understanding, plan development, implementation, and evaluation.
• Demobilization, Transfer of Command, Closeout
This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System where multiple agencies are involved. This course focuses on management of expanding incidents.
Curriculum Structure and Topics
Unit 1 - Course Overview Unit 2 - ICS Fundamentals Review Unit 3 - Unified Command Unit 4 - Incident/Event Assessment and Incident Objectives Unit 5 - Planning Process Unit 6 - Incident Resource Management Unit 7 - Demobilization, Transfer of Command, and Closeout Unit 8 - Course Summary
Due to the integrated nature of the training and to insure compliance with ICS development standards, participants must commit to attending the entire training session. An open book exam will be given at the end of the course. Participants who achieve a passing score on the exam will receive a Certificate of Completion for the course.
This course is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for ICS-300 as outlined in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program as published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of ICS-200- ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-700, and ICS-800.