ICS: Incident Command System

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5) calls for development of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)...a consistent yet flexible nation-wide framework for managing all types of domestic incident at the local, state, and federal levels of government. ICS (the Incident Command System) is a core element of NIMS. Response organizations are required to adopt NIMS in order to receive federal preparedness grants.

Designed for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency managers, emergency medical personnel, government agencies, the military, security, and facility management personnel who may respond to incidents or be involved in joint response operations.


  • How to manage resources from multiple agencies and jurisdictions.
  • How all key players in a response work together effectively.
  • A common organizational structure
  • Decision-making under ICS
  • The relationship of federal, state, and private sector officials,
  • Unified command
  • Defining roles and resource channels
  • The role of the Incident Commander
  • The importance of adopting a spirit of cooperation and trust.
  • Operations, Planning, Logistics, and Administration & Finance Section roles and responsibilities.
  • Developing response objectives.
  • Establishing the command post and emergency operations center(s);
  • Communications
  • Size-up issues, securing the area and control zones.
  • Includes a Model Procedures Guide to help jurisdictions establish an ICS System.

Included in the package is a Model Procedures Guide which assists organizations in developing their own incident command system. The Guide describes typical ICS structure and portrays how it is expanded. Checklists outline the roles of each major player. Sample tactical worksheets are also included.

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SpecificationsEmergency Film Group, 2010
21 minutes, fully narrated

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