IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command


Course Summary

1. Title: IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command

2. Keywords/Themes: Agency, Area Command, Badging, Base, Branch, Cache, Chain of Command, Complex, Cooperating Agency, Credentialing, Delegation, Department Operations Center (DOC), Emergency, Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Evacuation, Hazard, Incident Action Plan (IAP), Incident Command System (ICS), Information Management, Interoperability, Joint Information Center (JIC), Mobilization Guide, Multiagency Coordination (MAC), Multijurisdictional Incident, National Incident Management System (NIMS), National Response Framework (NRF), Nongovernmental Organization (NGO), Personal Accountability, Preparedness Organizations, Public Information Officer (PIO), Resource Management, Safety Officer, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Unified Approach, Volunteer

3. Course Description:

This course is NIMS compliant and uses the objectives developed collaboratively by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the United States Fire Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Emergency Management Institute.

CS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

4. Intended Audience: Persons involved with emergency planning, response or recovery efforts.

5. Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, you should be familiar with:


ICS applications


ICS organizational principles and elements


ICS positions and responsibilities


ICS facilities and functions


ICS planning

6. Pre-requisites/Learning Level: None

7. Competencies addressed:

8. CEUs Offered: 0.3

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length: 3 hours

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts: National Wildlife Coordinating Group (NWCG), U.S. Department of Agriculture, United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: October 31, 2013