ICS for Executives

Course Overview

Designed for executives, administrators and policy makers, ICS for Executives introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) concepts and provides an orientation for executive understanding and participation in ICS. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System, including relationships between the Incident Commanders and Agency Executives.

Specific Course Topics

  • Basic concepts, organization, and terminology of Incident Command System (ICS)
  • ICS applications
  • Role of an Executive/Senior Official relative to the ICS
  • Major responsibilities of an Executive/Senior Official as related to an incident
  • Functional responsibilities of the Command and General Staffs
  • Issues that influence incident complexity and the tools available to analyze complexity
  • Differences between on-incident ICS organizations and activities and the activities accomplished by Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), Area Commands, and Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS)
  • Types of agency(ies) policies and guidelines that influence management of incident or event activities

Target Audience

Executives and Senior Officials (including elected officials, city/county managers, agency administrators, etc.) who establish or implement policy, but who are normally not part of the on-scene ICS organization.


Duration:  One-half day (4 hours)  

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of ICS-100 and ICS-200 


  • FEMA/EMI G0402
  • USDA I-402