ICS 300 Course: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

Duration: 3 days

ICS-300 is a course that describes the organization and selection of personnel for the ICS, describes personnel interaction and flow of information. The course focuses on the functions within a Unified Command of a level 2 or 3 incident that involves multiple jurisdictions or agencies. Participants are instructed about transfer of command protocols, planning, and resource ordering for complex incidents. ICS-300 explains resources management in a complex incident. The course also explains the Planning "P" process and the use of ICS forms and how these are used in an incident. 



Personnel working in assignments of command, section chiefs, brigade leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, and personnel in the emergency operations center that coordinates multiple agency systems. 

Prerequisites:  ICS-100, ICS-200



Unit 1: Course Overview

·      Course Objectives

·      Type 3 Incidents Context

·      Case 1 - With learned lessons


Unit 2: ICS Fundamentals Review

·      How the ICS fits within a federal system

·      Briefings and interactions with technical specialists and government agencies

·      Interactions and flow of information within the organization

·      Organizational Responsibilities


Unit 3: Unified Command (UC)

·      Definition and characteristics of Unified Command

·      Functions of the UC at an event with multiple jurisdictions and multiple agencies

·      Advantages of Unified Command

·      Simulation



Unit 4: Incident/Event Assessment and Agency Guidance in Establishing Incident Objectives

·      Methods and tools to assess an incident's complexity

·      Types of guidelines and policies that affect an incident's management

·      Process of preparing objectives, strategies and tactics

·      Process of transfer and assumption of command

·      Development of objectives for an incident (simulated)


Unit 5: Planning Process

·      Importance of planning for incidents/events

·      Difference between planning for incidents and events

·     Good planning elements: logistics, cost analysis, situation, development, implementation,       and assessment of the plan. 

·      Criteria for determining the need to prepare an Incident Action Plan (IAP)

·      Introduction to ICS forms and materials

·      Strategy, tactics, planning and operational meetings

·      Tactical meeting to prepare a work plan with ICS forms

·    Ejercicio de proceso y reuniones de planificación Process exercise and planning meetings

·      Exercise: Preparing IAP using ICS forms and support materials 

·      Exercise: Operational Period briefing using IAP



Unit 6: Incident Resource Management

·     Resource management principles

·      Resource management process

·      Considerations associated with resource management

·      Use of ICS 215 forms and Planning Worksheet

·      Use of ICS 215A form, Operational Safety Analysis to mitigate tactical operations risks 

·      Identifying personnel that can order resources

·      Differences among resource orders

·      Flight regulations and air safety procedures recognition

·      Resource management and air support facilities


Unit 7: Demobilization, Transfer of Command and Close-out

·       Importance of planning resource demobilization

·      Identifying the impact of government agency procedures and policies 

·      Identifying staff that has the responsibility of preparing and implementing demobilization        actions. 

·      Elements of the Demobilization Plan


Unit 8: Course Summary 

·      Course Evaluation

·      Course objectives Summary and Review

·      Course Exam (open-book)


A certificate of compliance with the NIMS ICS is given, according to the rules and methodology of FEMA. 

OPTIONAL: "Table Top" type drill without resource mobilization. 

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