ICS 100 (I-100) Introductory Course

ICS 100 Introduction Course - Outline

1.0 Course Overview & Objectives
2.0 Introduction to the Incident Command (management) System
3.0 Main Components of ICS
4.0 IC Roles and Command Functions
5.0 General Section Staff Functions
6.0 ICS Facilities and Identification
7.0 Common Responsibilities
8.0 Short Quiz

This is a self-study course which is comprised of the student reading the material, and completing the “Practice Questions”.  There is a short quiz to be completed to achieve certification.  The exam consists of True/False and Multiple Choice questions which are randomly chosen (by the computer) from a large “question bank.” No two exams are the same.  Upon successful completion of the exam, the “student” will be able to print off a Certificate of Completion.  This certificate will also immediately be emailed to the student. In the event a printer is not available at the time of completion - the certificate may be printed at a later time.  A wallet card sized certificate is also attached.

For a small, extra fee, we can also mail an extra wallet card.

There are four main ICS courses in the ICS training program.  There are many other related courses that an individual may wish to research and explore further.

2) ICS-200 BASIC

It is the ICS-100 Introduction Course now being presented.

Upon successful completion of this course the participant will have:

- a brief knowledge of the history of ICS

- a working knowledge of the basic ICS Flow of Command (chart)

- an understanding of the Command and Staff functions

- an understanding of the General Staff Functions

When you complete this course you will have a good understanding of the flow chart on the blackboard below / Incident Command Management Structure

The numbers will have more meaning when we discuss Span-Of-Control further in the course.


Throughout our courses you will see "text boxes" similar to this one, with one or more PRACTICE QUESTIONS.  We recommend you complete these PRACTICE QUESTIONS.  These are "tools" to help you become more familiar with the course material and to complete the course more successfully.

- just click on the "Submit Answer" button to proceed.


History & Broad Definition

The Incident Command System (ICS) was developed in the United States during the 1970's and is a semi-military emergency management organizational structure.  ICS helps to standardize an administrative  / management structure for dealing with a wide scope of disasters in wide and diverse administrative jurisdictional regions of the United States, Canada, and other international countries.

It also helps to standardize common terminology and communication systems.

Incident - this is an unplanned emergency disaster that has or may result in loss of life, property or both.

Event - this is a planned operation of a non-emergency nature, such as a conference, parade, or a wedding.  A planned event was not the original purpose of the ICS - however, we mention events to demonstrate the flexibility of the Incident Command System.

Examples of where ICS could be used

- wildfires

- major conventions

- floods

- tornadoes

- oil spills

- train derailments

- volcanoes

- terrorist attack

- weddings

... and the list to the left can go on and on ... you can probably think of many more situations where ICS could be used.

Is ICS used in more than one country?
A. No, just used in USA
B. Yes
Can the ICS be used for non-emergency events?
A. No, will not work properly
B. Yes, an excellent planning tool
What does the ICS help to standardize? (indicate the BEST answer)
A. The methods to look after Operations for an emergency
B. Administration and Management
C. Establishes proper financial procedures
When was the ICS developed and in what country? (indicate the BEST answer)
A. During the 1940's - WW2
B. During the 1970's in the USA
C. During the 1990's in the USA in preparation for the year 2000 (Y2K)

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