ICS-440 Planning Section Chief

EMSI Planning Section Chief Job AidCourse Overview

Building upon the basic foundations of the Incident Command System, ICS-440 is designed to provide government and private industry emergency management and response personnel with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief (PSC) on an Incident Management Team at the Type 2 level. These responsibilities fall into two categories:

  1. managing the planning cycle and
  2. tracking resources and incident status.

This course is an instructor-led training that supports learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises that provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the skills required of a PSC.

Specific Course Topics

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Incorporating Contingency Plan information into Planning Process
  • Interactions with staff and other Incident Management Team Members
  • Transitioning from initial response to on-going operations
  • Managing the Planning Section
  • Coordination and facilitation of ICS Meetings and Briefings
  • Developing the Incident Action Plan (IAP)
  • Supervising Technical Specialists
  • Developing Support Plans
  • Event Planning
  • Exercise Learning Components

Target Audience

Responders designated to fill the Type 2 Planning Section Chief position


Duration: Three days (24 hours)


Successful completion of ICS-300

Recommended: successful completion of ICS-346 SITL, ICS-347 DEMOB and ICS-348 RESL


  • FEMA E/L0962
  • NWCG S-440
  • USCG ICS-440