ICS-331 Operations Section Training

Course Overview

Focusing on the responsibilities of the positions assigned to the Operations Section, ICS-331 is designed to enhance and exercise the student’s knowledge of the operations section and the planning process (initial response and during the transition to extended response operations using an Incident Action Plan). This course emphasizes the needed interactions between all positions in the operations section, as well as interactions with the entire Incident Management Team and external entities. 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 an Operations Section.

Specific Course Topics

  • Operation Section Overview and Position Duties and Responsibilities
  • Establishing the Operations Section and getting organized
  • Operations Section Interactions and Communication
  • IMT Interactions and Information Sharing
  • External Interactions and Information
  • Planning Process Responsibilities and Forms
  • Managing On-Going Operations and Problem Solving

Target Audience

Responders performing within an ICS Operations Section (Operation Section Chief, Deputy, Branch Directors, Division/Group Supervisors, Staging Area Manager and Strike Team/Task Force Leaders)


Duration: Two days  (16 hours) 

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of ICS-300 

This Course may be Taught in Conjunction With


  • None