Incident Command & National Incident Management System Training (FEMA) [November 2021]

Free Online ICS/NIMS Training:

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100

Encouraged for all first responders and all school/SAU staff.
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the principles and basic structure of the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Describe the NIMS management characteristics that are the foundation of the ICS.
  • Describe the ICS functional areas and the roles of the Incident Commander and Command Staff.
  • Describe the General Staff roles within ICS.
  • Identify how NIMS management characteristics apply to ICS for a variety of roles and discipline areas.

All first responders and school/SAU staff are encouraged to take this online class. Click here for IS-100.C Online Training.

IS-200.c: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200

Encouraged for all first responders and school/SAU leadership staff.
ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

At the completion of this course, you should be able to: Describe the course objectives and summarize basic information about the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS):

  • Describe how the NIMS Management Characteristics relate to Incident Command and Unified Command.
  • Describe the delegation of authority process, implementing authorities, management by objectives, and preparedness plans and objectives.
  • Identify ICS organizational components, the Command Staff, the General Staff, and ICS tools.
  • Describe different types of briefings and meetings.
  • Explain flexibility within the standard ICS organizational structure.
  • Explain transfer of command briefings and procedures.
  • Use ICS to manage an incident or event.

All first responders and school/SAU leadership staff are encouraged to take this online class. Click here for IS-200.C Online Training.

IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), ICS-700

Encouraged for all first responders and all school/SAU staff.
This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and identify the key concepts, principles, scope, and applicability underlying NIMS.
  • Describe activities and methods for managing resources.
  • Describe the NIMS Management Characteristics.
  • Identify and describe Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structures.
  • Explain Emergency Operations Center (EOC) functions, common models for staff organization, and activation levels.
  • Explain the interconnectivity within the NIMS Management and Coordination structures: ICS, EOC, Joint Information System (JIS), and Multiagency Coordination Groups (MAC Groups).
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of communications and information systems, effective communication, incident information, and communication standards and formats.

All first responders and school staff are encouraged to take this online class. Click here for IS-700.B Online Training.

IS-800.D: An Introduction to the National Response Framework, ICS-800

Encouraged for all first responders and school/SAU leadership staff.

At the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose, scope, organization, and underlying doctrine of the National Response Framework.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of response partners.
  • Describe core capabilities for response and actions required to deliver those capabilities.
  • Describe coordinating structures and operational planning used to support emergency response.
  • Describe how the stabilization of the seven Community Lifelines reduces threats to public health and safety, or economic security.

All first responders and school/SAU leadership staff are encouraged to take this online class. Click here for IS-800.D Online Training.

IS-362.A: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools

Encouraged for all first responders and all school/SAU staff.

Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the activities related to the key areas of incident management.
  • Describe how the school emergency operations plan (EOP) fits into district, community, and family/personal emergency plans.
  • Identify school staff to participate on the school planning team.
  • Identify community members who should be on the school planning team.
  • Identify natural, technological, and human-caused hazards.
  • Identify and assess hazards likely to impact your school.
  • Describe each of the components of the traditional EOP.
  • Identify the steps to approve and disseminate the school EOP.
  • Describe the Incident Command System (ICS) principles and organization.
  • Identify the ICS roles included in the school EOP.
  • Explain the benefits of training and exercising the school EOP.
  • Identify the types of exercises available to exercise the school’s plan.
  • Describe steps for developing effective exercises.
  • Describe how exercise results are used to improve school preparedness efforts.

All first responders and school staff are encouraged to take this online class. Click here for IS-362.A Online Training.

Additional Training:

ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

Encouraged for leadership first responders and leadership school/SAU staff.
ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Course availability changes periodically.  Please contact Richard Cloutier, State Training Officer, Richard.J.Cloutier@DOS.NH.GOV for more information. 

Update:  This course is being offered in person in Concord, NH from January 31-February 2, 2023.   

Building on the prerequisite ICS 100 and ICS 200 courses, this ICS 300 course focuses on the Incident Command System (ICS) for supervisors in expanding incidents. ICS 300 outlines how the NIMS Command and Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents as well as describes the incident management processes as prescribed by ICS. This course has a threaded activity that will give students the opportunity to practice implementing the incident management process and creating an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated expanding incident. Please note that you must register for both MGT-347 Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Review here and MGT-904 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS 300) here.

ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command for Expanding Incidents

Encouraged for leadership first responders and leadership school/SAU staff.
ICS-400 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100, ICS-200 and ICS-300 courses.  Course availability changes periodically.  Please contact Richard Cloutier, State Training Officer, Richard.J.Cloutier@DOS.NH.GOV for more information.