ICS 402, 100, 200 and 300

Incident Command Training ICS 402, 100, 200 and 300



Emergency Solutions International works with ICS Canada to provide Canadian Incident Command System course content, which is customized to the industrial facility. Courses may be blended with emergency planning documents to provide an interesting and valuable learning experience. Each ICS course builds upon the previous one. Further, custom courses and table top exercises may be designed to reinforce learning objectives. Digital simulation may be used in courses covering Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) management, crisis communications and customized target hazard table top drills.


ICS History

An incident is an occurrence, either caused by humans or natural phenomena that requires a response to prevent or minimize loss of life or damage to property and/or the environment. An event is a non-emergency preplanned occurrence or activity. The ICS system is used to manage an emergency incident or a non-emergency event. It can be used equally well for both small and large situations.
The Incident Command System is based on the concept of a standardized on-scene, all hazard incident management process. ICS allows its’ users to adopt an integrated organizational structure to match the complexities and demands of single or multiple incidents without being hindered by jurisdictional or political boundaries. ICS has considerable internal flexibility. It can grow or shrink to meet different needs. This flexibility makes it a very cost effective and efficient management approach for both small and large situations.


ICS Purpose

ICS is a proven management system built on best practices and is the result of decades of lessons learned in the organization and management of emergency incidents and planned events. ICS has been tested in more than 30 years of application, by all levels of Government and in the private sector. It represents organizational “best practices” and is becoming the standard command and control structure for emergency management across Canada. Through the use of best practices ICS helps to ensure:

- the safety of responders and others,
- the achievement of tactical objectives, and
- the efficient use of resources.

ICS consists of procedures for managing personnel, facilities, equipment and communications. ICS is designed to be used from the time an incident occurs until the requirement for management and operations no longer exists. ?Designers of the system recognized that ICS must be interdisciplinary and organizationally flexible to meet a number of management challenges, such as:

- Meet the needs of incidents of any kind or size
- Align multi-agency personnel within a common management structure.
- Provide logistical and administrative support to operational staff.
- Be cost effective by avoiding the duplication of efforts.



Progressive Series of Courses


ICS 402 - Incident Command System for Executives

Introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for executive understanding and participation in the ICS. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System, including the relationship between the Incident Commander and Agency Executives. Course participants will be better prepared to function within an ICS environment.
At the successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Incident Command System. The target audience includes executives, administrators, and policy makers involved with emergency planning and response or recovery efforts. There is no prerequisite for I-402 ICS for Executives.


ICS 100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System

Students will be introduced to an effective system for command, control, and coordination of response at an emergency site. The Incident Command System (ICS) is recognized as a flexible and scalable all-hazards system, which provides a common response framework suitable to any size of event. Through ICS 100 students gain a basic understanding of the Incident Command System, its organization, principles, basic structure and common responsibilities. This course is the first in a series of ICS training courses and will be of particular interest to first responders, security forces, agency managers and those who have a site-support role in an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).


ICS 200 – Basic ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

ICS I- 200, Basic ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 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. This is a full two (2) day session with scenario-based exercises and a multiple-choice exam. The maximum number of students for each class is 14. The prerequisite for I-200 Basic ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents is I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System.


ICS 300 – Intermediate ICS, ICS for Expanding Incidents

ICS I-300, Intermediate ICS, ICS for Expanding Incidents, defines the unique qualities of ICS as an event or incident management system in an expanding situation. The course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently using the ICS in a supervisory role on expanding incidents. The course units and lessons provide a review of ICS fundamentals, assessing incidents and setting objectives, Unified Command, Resource Management, the planning process, demobilization, transfer and termination of command of an incident. This is a 2.5-day course with specific design-based scenarios to your organization and an exam at the conclusion. The maximum number of students for each class is 14. The prerequisites for I-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents are I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System, and I-200 Basic ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents.


Emergency Centre Operations (EOC) Management

Table Top Drills for On Site Command and the Emergency Operations Centre

Building upon ICS 100, groups of 4-12 are taken through the fundamentals of managing an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in a time of crisis. Where possible, a crisis communications module is introduced to add the current challenges presented by traditional and citizen (social) media to the course.
With a view toward validating emergency planning documents and competencies of role players within the EOC and On Site Command, realistic table top exercises are developed. Utilizing digital simulation as a medium for realism, customized table tops are designed to challenge emergency management practitioners.



- ICS 402 - 2.5 hours
- ICS 100 - 7 hours
- EOC Crisis Management - 7 hours
- Crisis Management Table Tops – 5 to 7 hours


- ICS 402 has no pre-requisite
- ICS 100 has no pre-requisite
- EOC Management – ICS 100 or 402
- Crisis Management Table Tops – ICS 100 or 402


Document Review

- Incident Command System 100, ICS Canada
- Incident Command System 402, ICS Canada
- National Fire Protection Association 1561 & 1026
- International Fire Service Training Association Training Manual 4th Edition
- Industry specific planning documents