Appendix E: National Incident Management System Training for Emergency Responders and Leadership


The matrix below outlines the recommended training requirements for University personnel who have either supervisory or job responsibilities during the event of an emergency. Based on individual job responsibilities or structure of cost centers there may be some variances on who will attend the different levels of training. The delivery for the NIMS training will incorporate online, tabletop exercises, actual drills, and classroom sessions. The time frame for completing one complete cycle of this training will be 12 to 15 months. The tabletop exercises and drills will be a continuous process that will occur on an annual basis whereas the formal NIMS courses will on a as need basis to accommodate new members to the organization. The following courses are online and can be completed on an individual basis: IS 700, ICS 100, ICS 200, and IS 800. The courses ICS 300 and ICS 400 would be in a classroom environment attended by the Senior Level Supervisors of the organization.

Training Matrix

IS 700 NIMS: an Introduction
4 hrs
ICS 100 Introduction to Incident Command
4 hrs
ICS 200 Basic Incident Command System
12 hrs
IS 800 National Response Plan – Introduction
ICS 300 Intermediate Incident Command
24 hrs
ICS 400 Advance Incident Command & Executive System
16 hrs
All Emergency Responders
(Building Coordinators, Safety Officers, Emergency Response Task Force, & designated personnel)
8 hrs
X X        
First-Line Supervisors
(Managers & Supervisors)
20 hrs
X X X      
Mid-Level Response Supervisors
(Deans, Department Heads & Directors)
48 hrs
X X X X X  
Senior Level Supervisors
(VPs & Above w/ Selected Directors)
64 hrs


The recommended timeline for timeline for completing the courses and running the tabletop exercises and drills are as follows:

  • Complete the online courses IS 700, ICS 100, ICS 200, and IS 800 October through January 2008
  • Set up classroom sessions along w/ tabletop exercises to run March and April of 2008
  • Coordinate classroom training sessions w/ SEMA for the ICS 300 and ICS 400 courses to begin in June 2008.

Online Course Information

The online courses are self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. Some of the course will require the participant to download and print the information; while others are interactive and can be completed over the internet. Each independent study course includes lessons with practice exercises and a final examination. Participants need to score 75 percent or better to be issued a certificate of achievement from the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Listed below is a short description for each of the online courses: 

  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100 Training – 4 hours: Provides training on, and resources for, personnel who require a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS). Provides training on, and resources for, personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the Incident Command System (ICS). The primary target audiences are response personnel at the supervisory level.
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 200 Training – 12 hours: Provides training on, and resources for, personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the Incident Command System (ICS). The primary target audiences are response personnel at the supervisory level.
  • Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS-700 Training – 4 hours: Provides training on, and resources for, the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • Introduction to National Response Plan (NRP) IS-800 Training – 4 hours: Provides training on, and resources for, the National Response Plan (NRP). The NRP specifies how the resources of the Federal Government will work in concert with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector to respond to Incidents of National Significance. The NRP is predicated on the National Incident Management System, or NIMS. Together the NRP and the NIMS provide a nationwide framework for working cooperatively to prevent or respond to threats and incidents regardless of cause, size, or complexity.

Classroom Course Information

The additional two courses required for Mid-level Response Supervisors and Senior-level Response Managers are presented in a classroom environment:

  • Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) 300 Training – 24 hours: Objectives and topical areas addressed during the training are to describe the how the NIMS Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents. Discuss the incident/event management process for expanding incidents and supervisors as prescribed by the Incident Command System. During the training sessions, participants implement the management process on a simulated Type 3 incident and develop an Incident Action Plan for the simulated incident.
  • Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) 400 Training – 16 hours: The objectives and topical areas addressed in this training session address how a Unified Command functions within a multi-jurisdiction or multi-agency incident. The training sessions also outlines the advantages of Unified Command and what kinds of situations may call for a Unified Command organization. This level of training will also address the planning process to include responsibilities of the senior level positions, issues that affect the incident complexity, and the tools available to analyze complexities. The training also provides guidelines on the responsibilities and roles of the senior leadership, their staff, agency representatives, and technical specialists to include reporting relationships and how they can be effectively used within the incident organization. It also addresses the transfer of command.

Costs/Supporting Resources

There is no additional cost associated with conducting the online training. The costs for the tabletop exercises and drills are incorporated into the additional costs for the Department of Safety and Transportation to conduct these exercises. The classroom training is provided by individuals or agencies supported through SEMA on a grant basis. If SEMA is unable to provide support ,then the university will incur costs for an instructor and materials. Based on discussions with the Greene County Emergency Management the cost would be approximately $15 per person per course or approximately $8,000.00 for the two classroom sessions. Both types of training will require additional administrative support for monitoring participation, coordinating classroom sessions, and communicating the requirement to the University community along with time commitment by the participants.