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: 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

Download Forms

ICS Forms

For information on ICS and Position-Specific courses contact:

Justin Fordice, State Training Supervisor / State Training Officer
Phone: (253) 512-7056

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