The Incident Command System

Course Overview
Target Audience
Course Objectives

This module introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) as a standardized approach to managing emergency incidents. It covers the structure and functions of ICS, as well as its application in various disaster scenarios.

Faculty: Disaster Management
Course Name: The Incident Command System
Course Code:  DMICS
8 Hours
Mode: Face-to-face
Level: Professional

Prerequisites: Participants must be at least 18 years of age to attend and have completed Disaster Preparedness within the last six months.

Packaging: This course is delivered over one (1) day.

Instructional Strategies: 
This course combines lecture-based instruction with practical application. Instructional strategies include pre-reading, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, practical application, simulation, and presentations.

Effort Breakdown: 4 lecture hours, 4 practical hours

Certification: Participants receive a certificate of completion.


  1. ICS structure and principles
  2. Roles and responsibilities within the ICS
  3. Application of ICS in various disaster scenarios
  4. ICS in the context of multi-agency coordination
  5. Use of ICS instruments and documentation in managing a disaster response
  6. Case studies and examples of successful ICS implementations in real-world disasters

The Disaster Management Professional Certification Course is designed for professionals involved in emergency management and disaster response. This course provides a comprehensive overview of disaster management principles and practices, with a focus on developing practical skills for responding to disasters in various settings. Ideal participants for this course include:

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel: Professionals involved in providing prehospital care and emergency medical services.
  • Emergency Medicine Specialists: Physicians and healthcare professionals specializing in emergency medicine.
  • Government and Council Officials: Government officials responsible for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.
  • Private Industry Representatives: Professionals working in industries that may be impacted by disasters, such as utilities, tourism, transportation, manufacturing, supply chain, large malls, schools and universities, and healthcare.

The Disaster Management Professional Certification Course offers a unique opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in disaster management, equipping you with the tools to effectively respond to disasters in your respective roles. Whether you are a healthcare provider, government official, or private sector representative, this course will provide you with the necessary training to contribute to a coordinated and effective disaster response effort.

On successful completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain the structure and principles of the Incident Command System (ICS), including the chain of command, unity of command, and span of control, and understand how these principles contribute to effective incident management.
  2. Identify the roles and responsibilities within the ICS, including the incident commander, operations section chief, and public information officer, and understand how these roles interact to manage incidents.
  3. Apply the ICS framework to various disaster scenarios, including natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and public health emergencies, and understand how the ICS can be adapted to different types of incidents.
  4. Understand the importance of multi-agency coordination in disaster response and explain how the ICS facilitates interoperability and communication between different agencies.
  5. Use ICS forms and documentation to manage a disaster response effectively, including incident action plans, situation reports, and resource requests.
  6. Analyze case studies and examples of successful ICS implementations in real-world disasters to identify best practices and lessons learned.



  1. Attendance Requirement: 100% attendance is mandatory to pass the course. Reasonable adjustments will be made where practicable.
  2. Physical Fitness Requirement: A certain level of fitness and strength is necessary to fulfill duties in emergency situations. Failure based on physical criteria is not discriminatory but practical for the role's demands.
  3. Practical Assessments: Formative and summative practical assessments are conducted throughout the course. Summative assessments include simulations and mini-codes. Competent performance of all skills is essential to pass.

Note: The assessment criteria aim to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of both theoretical and practical competencies, promoting a well-rounded and capable Disaster Management Provider.

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