Incident Command System

What is ICS?

We teach the ICS Canada suite of courses. ICS Canada is the network of organizations working cooperatively to maintain a standard Incident Command System that enhances incident management response through improved interoperability.


The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized on-site management system designed to enable effective, efficient incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.


ICS has three primary purposes:

  • To provide for the orderly and predictable division of labour
  • To provide for the overall safety at the incident or event
  • To ensure that the work at the incident or event is performed efficiently and effectively

As a system, ICS is extremely useful; not only does it provide an organizational structure for incident management, but it also guides the process for planning, building, and adapting that structure. Using ICS for every incident or planned event helps hone and maintain skills needed for the large-scale incidents.

"I" Series courses

I-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System

I-100 is designed to help you learn the principles of the Incident Command System and to briefly acquaint you with the basic ICS structure and terminology.
This course reviews the ICS organization, basic terminology, and common responsibilities. It will provide basic information about the Incident Command System to enable students to work in a support role at an incident or event, or to support an incident from an off-site location.


Duration: 1/2 day

I-200 Basic Incident Command System

I-200 provides an introduction to leadership and management, delegation of authority and management by objectives, functional areas and positions, briefings, organizational flexibility, and transfer of command.


I-200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). This course focuses on the management of single resources. I-200 provides training for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS


Duration: 2 days

I-300 Intermediate Incident Command System

This course is  designed to meet all-hazard, all-emergency ICS requirements for operational personnel.


Intermediate ICS – ICS for expanding incidents, I-300, introduces how the Incident Command System (ICS) is used to manage multiple resources and the management required for expanding incidents. This course builds on I-200, going into more detail of the planning process, resource management, unified command, assessing and setting objectives and the demobilization of larger incidents.

Duration: 3 days

I-400 Advanced Incident Command System

I-400 Advanced Incident Command system expands on much of the material covered in the intermediate course. The course emphasizes large-scale organization development; roles and relationships of the primary staff; the planning; operational, logistical and fiscal considerations related to large and complex incident and event management. It describes the application of Area Command and the importance of inter-agency coordination on complex incidents and events.


Duration: 2 days

Incident Command System for Executives

I-402 introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for executive understanding and participation in the ICS. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System, including the relationship between the Incident Commander and Agency Executives. Course participants will be better prepared to function within an ICS environment.


Duration 3 hours

Position Specific Courses

E-950 All-Hazard Incident Commander

The purpose of this professional development course, E-950 Incident Commander (IC), is to provide emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of Incident Commander in a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) responding to the incident and command needs of the incident, and 2) effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an IC on an All-Hazards ICS IMT.The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 
  • ICS 400 is recommended 

Course ScheduleThis course is scheduled to be 4 days, or 32 hours (8 hours per day), in length.

E-958 All-Hazard Operations Section Chief

This course is designed to provide emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Operations Section Chief (OSC) on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories:

  • Responding to the incident and the command needs of the incident, and
  • Effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an OSC on an AHIMT. 

The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule This course is scheduled to be 3 days, or 24 hours (8 hours per day), in length

E 962 All-Hazard Planning Section Chief

This course provides emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories: 

  • managing the planning cycle, and
  • tracking resources and incident status.

The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule This course is scheduled to be 3 days in length.

E 967 All-Hazard Logistics Section Chief

The goal of this professional development course, Logistics Section Chief, is to provide local and provincial-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of a Logistics Section Chief Type III in a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule This course is scheduled to be 4 days in length.

E-954 All-Hazard Safety Officer

The goal of this professional development course, E-954 Safety Officer, is to provide local, national and international emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of a Safety Officer Type III in a Type III AHIMT. These responsibilities fall into two categories:

  • Responding to the incident and the safety needs of the incident
  • Effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an SOFR on an AHIMT 

The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule This course is scheduled to be 4 days, or 32 hours (8 hours per day), in length.

E-956 All-Hazard Liaison Officer

The goal of this professional development course, E-956 Liaison Officer (LOFR), is to provide local and provincial/territorial-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of a Liaison Officer Type III in a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule This course is scheduled to be 2 days, or 16 hours (8 hours per day), in length.

E 960 All-Hazard Division / Group Supervisor (CAN - 960)

The purpose of this professional development course, E-060 Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS), is to provide local, national and international-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of a Division/Group Supervisor Type III in a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).The prerequisites to this course include:

  • ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule This course is scheduled to be 3 days, or 24 hours (8 hours per day), in length.

E-984 All-Hazard Strike Team/Task Force Leader

The purpose of the ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program is to provide 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 behaviours for Command and General Staff and selected Unit Leader and other positions within a Type III and/or Type IV Incident.The prerequisites to this course include:

  1. ICS-100, 200, 300 

Course Schedule
This course is scheduled to be 3 days, or 24 hours (8 hours per day), in length.