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Material for this training program is based on the following resources:

FEMA ICS training overview

Online Training for ICS The National Incident Management System PDF All art created by Sam Carbaugh for NUARI. This is a public document and open to the fair use act.


Table of Contents Introduction to ICS.................... 1 Section One: The 14 Functions....... 5

Introduction to the 14 functions........................................... 7 Function 1: common terminology and clear text............... 11 Function 2: transfer of command........................................... 12 Function 3: chain of command and unity of command..... 13 Function 4: Unified Command..................................................... 14 Function 5: management by objectives................................ 15 Function 6: Modular organization....................................... 16 Function 7: Reliance on an Incident action plan.............. 17 Function 8: span of control.................................................. 18 Function 9: pre-designated incident locations................. 19 Function 10: resource management...................................... 20 Function 11: Integrated Communications............................. 21 Function 12: Information and Intelligence management

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Function 13: Accountability..................................................... 23 Function 14: Mobilization......................................................... 24


Section Two: Organization......... 25 Organization Structure......................................................... 27 levels of supervision............................................................... 28 Incident Commander.............................................................. 29 The command Staff.................................................................. 30 The General staff..................................................................... 31

Operations section........................................................... 32

Planning section............................................................... 35

logistics section............................................................... 36

Finance and Accounting Section.................................. 37

Section Three: Planning............. 39 Introduction to Planning.................................................... 41 The Planning “p�........................................................................ 44

Initial Response................................................................. 45

Objectives Meeting........................................................... 46

Command and General Staff Meeting......................... 46

Tactics Meeting.................................................................. 47

Prep for Planning Meeting............................................. 48

Planning Meeting.............................................................. 48

IAP Prep/Approval and Operations Briefing............... 49

Execute plan and assess progress................................. 50

Demobilization.......................................................................... 52


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Things to keep in mind while reading this section.

- What is the difference between unity of command and unified command? - What functions are already a part of my daily work life? - How can my business or organization incorporate the 14 functions into our best practices? - Which of the 14 functions will I be using most when responding to an incident? - What is the concept of Incident Complexity and how can I prepare for it?

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Things to keep in mind while reading this section.

- Who has final decision making abilities within the Incident Command system? - When are new sections of the organizational structure created? - Who are the general staff? - What roles does each chief perform? - When does the role of Incident commander begin?

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Things to keep in mind while reading this section.

- When does planning begin? - How is my position affected by the ICS planning process? - when does planning end? - How many times is the planning process conducted? - How is the IAP created and when does it get updated?

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