Advanced All-Hazards Incident Management (AAIM)

Course Overview

The AAIM course is designed to provide All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) Command and General Staff training in effectively engaging various government and public safety entities during all-hazards incidents.

An intensive course for advanced AHIMTs, the course includes over 75 hours of pre-course assignments and 48 hours of instructional information with three realistic scenarios to reinforce course content. The pre-course work is obtained from the FEMA Independent Study program and can be adjusted to fit the IMT preparing for the AAIM Course.

Each Incident Management Team will show proficiency in resolving a complex all-hazards scenario by using critical decision making skills, team collaboration, and external relationships while achieving the Agency Administrator(s) goals.

Each participant will show proficiency in their assigned Command or General Staff position, including inter-team communications, required outputs, and interactions with other agencies or entities and officials.

Specific Course Topics

  • Roles, responsibilities, and authorities of agencies, entities and plans
  • Methods which facilitate the interactions between IMTs and other governmental coordinating/directing organizations, including but not limited to a Multi-Agency Coordinating System, Area Command, Joint Information Centers, and Department Operation Centers
  • Serious safety issues and stressful situations and implementation of effective mitigating strategies
  • Team challenges that may require enhanced skills to affect a successful outcome
  • Effectively integrate into, advise, and serve a requesting agency as an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT)
  • Elements necessary to effectively utilize volunteers and volunteer organizations
  • External influences which could influence the management of an incident and provide strategies to help resolve adverse situations
  • Fiscal considerations which must be addressed to successfully administer an incident
  • Three (3) scenarios designed to reinforce course materials through participatory exercises

Target Audience

The target audience of AAIM is an established AHIMT or individual Incident Commanders and Command and General Staff members working together as an AHIMT. 


Duration: Six days (48 hours)

Although the course is intended to be six 8-hour long days, students should expect 10-12 hours of course work each day to account for student, coach, and instructor prep time and student homework time. Classroom days may run long depending on student interactions during discussions and exercises.


Minimum student qualifications for AAIM include completion of:

  • S-420 – Command and General Staff and/or USFA O-305 Type 3 Incident Management Team Course
  • ICS-100 through ICS-400
  • Other required training specific to their IMT position

Standard Pre-work Requirements

Students are required to have completed the following courses as part of the course pre-work:

  • IS-26: Guide to Points of Distribution
  • IS-42: Social Media in Emergency Management
  • IS-75: Military Resources in Emergency Management
  • IS-702: NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid – An Introduction
  • IS-244.B: Developing and Managing Volunteers
  • IS-288.A: The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management
  • IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas
  • IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview
  • IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-702.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS), Public Information Systems
  • IS-703.A: NIMS Resource Management
  • IS-775: EOC Management and Operations
  • IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-860.C: The National Infrastructure Protection Plan, An Introduction