Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach.  ICS is flexible and can be used for incidents of any type, scope and complexity.  ICS allows its users to adopt an integrated organizational structure to match the complexities and demands of single or multiple incidents.  Go to ICS


The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. Go to NIMS


ICS Resource Center

The ICS Resource Center provides information related to ICS activities, including:  training information; job aids; forms; checklists; glossary of terms; reference documents; and links to additional resources.

Go to ICS Resource Center


Available Training

NIMS/ICS Independent Study Program:  Offers introductory, self-paced, online courses designed to familiarize emergency management staff and responders with the Incident Command System and National Incident Management System.  Go to NIMS Courses


Intermediate and Advanced ICS Training:  ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System and ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command System courses are delivered locally.  See our Training and Exercise Calendar for current offerings..  Go to Calendar

State ICS Training Policy (June 2013, revised June 2014) – Outlines the process for becoming a State-Certified ICS 300/400 instructor, conducting courses, and course certification.  View/Download Policy 

Need a list of State-Certified ICS 300/400 instructors? Send a request to:


NIMS/ICS All-Hazards Position-Specific Training:  Provides additional training that may be needed by personnel responsible for managing incidents of greater complexity than those typically encountered during routine operations. This training is designed to provide all-hazards competencies and behaviors for Command and General Staff and selected Unit Leader positions within a Type III and/or Type IV Incident Management Team (IMT) environment. Go to Program

NIMS/ICS All-Hazards Position-Specific Course Policy (August 2013) – Outlines how to request a local delivery of position-specific course and requirements on becoming a trainer.  View/Download Policy 



ICS-300 Student Manual Complete (Revised October 2013)  View/Download 


ICS-400 Student Manual Complete (Revised October 2013)  View/Download

ICS Forms (click on the form number for an editable Word version)

ICS Form 201 – Incident Briefing

ICS Form 202 – Incident Objectives

ICS Form 203 – Organization Assignment List

ICS Form 204 – Assignment List

ICS Form 205 – Incident Radio Communications Plan

ICS Form 205A Communications List

ICS Form 206 – Medical Plan

ICS Form 207 – Incident Organization Chart

ICS Form 208 – Safety Message/Plan

ICS Form 209 – Incident Status Summary

ICS Form 210 – Resource Status Change

ICS Form 211 – Incident Check-In List

ICS Form 213 – General Message

ICS Form 214 – Activity Log

ICS Form 215 – Operational Planning Worksheet

ICS Form 215A – Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis

ICS Form 218 – Support Vehicle/Equipment Inventory

ICS Form 219 – Resource State Card (T-Card)

ICS Form 220 – Air Operations Summary

ICS Form 221 – Demobilization Check-Out

ICS Form 225 – Incident Personnel Performance Rating


For More Information

For information on ICS and Position-Specific courses contact: 

James Yates, State Training Program Manager / State Training Officer


Phone: (253) 512-7049

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