Advanced Incident Command for Major and/or Complex Incidents (ICS-400)
The complexity of incident management, 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)
For additional information and resources on the Incident Command System, visit our ICS Reference Page. Primary Audience
Federal, State, tribal, and local emergency management/response personnel determine who within their organization requires ICS-400 training, based on local incident management organizational planning. Typically, required personnel include all Federal, State, tribal, local, private-sector, governmental and nongovernmental personnel, including persons serving as Command and General Staff in an ICS organization, department heads with multiagency coordination system responsibilities, area managers, emergency managers, and multiagency coordination system/emergency operations center managers. ICS-400 provides training for senior personnel expected to perform in a management capacity in a major and/or complex incident environment (Types I and II), particularly as qualified Incident Management Team personnel, Area Command personnel, and Multi-Agency Coordination Group representatives.
• Command and General Staff: Describe how unified command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multiagency incident. List the major steps involved in the planning process. Describe issues that influence incident complexity and available analysis tools. Describe the primary guidelines and responsibilities of the Command and General Staff positions.
• Major and/or Complex Incident/Event Management: Deputies and Assistants: List the primary factors affecting major and/or complex incidents and events. List the four expansion options for incident/event organization and describe their application.
• Area Command: Define and list the principal advantages of area command, and describe how, where, and when area command would be established. Describe area command organization and identify six primary functions of area command.
• Unified Command: Demonstrate a knowledge of unified command structure and operations.
• Multiagency Coordination: Describe the kinds of incident/event management problems that can occur due to a lack of multiagency coordination. Identify the major guidelines for establishing and using MAC groups and systems and their primary components. List the responsibilities of key elements with MACS.
• Organizational Relationships: Describe the organizational relationships among area command, unified command, multi-entity coordination systems, and emergency operation centers.
This course is designed for senior personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or multi-agency coordination system.
Curriculum Structure and Topics
Unit 1: Course Overview Unit 2: Fundamentals Review for Command and General Staff Unit 3: Major and/or Complex Incident/Event Management Unit 4: Area Command Unit 5: Multi-Agency Coordination Unit 6: 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 course. 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-400 as outlined in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program as published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Prerequisites: Successfulcompletion of ICS-300 - Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents, ICS-700, and ICS-800. Course Length:14 hours