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Bringing Incident Command Training Home - GFD - 07/28/2007


Local agencies work together to bring Incident Command home

CUMMINGTON - Emergency Response coordinators from area fire, police and EMS departments attended an ICS-300 (Incident Command System) Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents class in July.  This 5-day, 18 hour course, which was held at the Cummington Community house over several weeks, built upon Incident Command training (ICS-100 and ICS-200) which participants were required to attend last fall.  ICS-300 provided training on and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS and was designed to give overall incident management skills rather than tactical expertise.

Chances are you'll recognize not one but several of the individuals in the picture above.  That's because they've been around for a long time.  When combined, this group of 35 students and 3 instructors brings over 750 years of experience to the Hilltowns and surrounding communities.

The target audience for this course is for individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents for Type 3 incidents.  A Type 3 incident can best be described as an event where capabilities exceed the resources of an initial attack.

The course objectives were as follows:

  • Describe how the NIMS Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents
  • Describe the incident / event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System.
  • Implement the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident.
  • Develop an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

(July 28th, 2007)