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ICS‑100 Introduction to the Incident Command System

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This ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System training provides students with an introduction to the purpose, structure, function, history, and benefits of the Incident Command System, as well as the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

This course has been approved for 3 Contact Hours (0.3 CEUs) of REHS Continuing Education Credits (Public Health Accreditation #044).

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Students who should take this course are those who may be involved in emergency response or event planning, and may be part of a private or public incident response or recovery team.

Much of the content from this course comes from The Emergency Management Institute.

ICS-100 was developed in collaboration with the:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG);
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture; and
  • USFA's National Fire Programs Branch.

This training follows National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for I-100 and IS-100.

IACET Continuing Education Credits

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Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 3 Contact Hours (0.3 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.

Safety Unlimited, Inc. (Provider #5660170-2) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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About This Course

This fully narrated course is built for success with interactions, exercises, and quiz questions along the way. Students must answer each quiz question and complete each interaction in order to proceed. Questions and interactions are intended to help prepare students for the final exam.

Course Exams

The Final Exam consists of 25 questions selected at random from a large pool of questions. Students must achieve a score of 75% or better to pass this course. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System course are to introduce students to the purpose, modular structure, function, and features of the Incident Command System.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the purpose of ICS;
  • Describe the benefits of modular structure;
  • Identify positions within ICS and describe their responsibilities;
  • Distinguish and explain Unity of Command and Unified Command;
  • Explain the purpose of Span of Control;
  • Explain the purpose of Standardization;
  • Describe facilities utilized by ICS;
  • Explain the problems prior to ICS and how ICS resolved them;
  • Describe the expansion and contraction of the ICS;
  • Describe the benefits of resource management; and
  • Provide a brief description of the correct check-in process.
Additional Training

This ICS 100 course is an introduction to the Incident Command System for workers who may be involved in incident response or event planning. Additional training may be warranted depending on your level of involvement in incident response.

Positions of authority within the Incident Command System are often delegated to workers based upon experience and training. The level of training required for positions within ICS vary depending on the level of the responder (e.g., defensive response aimed at controlling a release; offensive response aimed at stopping the release) and position within ICS. Not all positions within ICS require hazardous materials response training.

Additional ICS and NIMS training for emergency responders may include, but is not limited to:

  • ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents;
  • ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents;
  • ICS-400: Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff;
  • ICS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction;
  • ICS-701: NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS);
  • ICS-702: NIMS Publication Information Systems;
  • ICS-703: NIMS Resource Management;
  • ICS-704: NIMS Communication and Information Management (unavailable);
  • ICS-706: NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid - An Introduction;
  • ICS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction;
  • G-191: Incident Command System/ Emergency Operations Center Interface;
  • G-402 Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials; and
  • E/L/G-2300 Intermediate Emergency Operations Center Functions.

Workers must receive additional training, when required by Federal, State, or local regulations, on the specific hazards of their job. Training Providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company’s training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training supplied by their employer. This training should target the company’s unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.

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The ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System Course can be taken entirely online, but keep in mind that you will need to be trained in the use of any protective equipment you use as part of your job prior to using that equipment on the job site. This is the case whether you take the course online or in a classroom setting.
Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training. This course will take around 3 hours to complete.

Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.
No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.
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