The History of the Incident Command System

Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (HSPD-5) and the subsequent release of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) have recently made the Incident Command System (ICS) a household concept among emergency management and incident response personnel.  Many people misleadingly point to NIMS as the commencement of ICS application to all-risk, all-hazards …

Applying ICS to a CBRN Incident

Incidents that are not site specific, are geographically dispersed, or evolve over longer periods of time may require extraordinary coordination among response participants including federal, state, tribal, and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations and the private sector.  The National Incident Management System (NIMS) document additionally states that chemical, …

Incorporating Legal Into Your IMT

The continued evolution of all-hazards incident management and the ever increasing complexity of the response environments has created new challenges for modern-day Incident Commanders.   With more external influences and non-operational management challenges than ever before as well as an increased potential for post-incident inquiries and litigation, a critical resource to …

The Role of the Environmental Unit Leader (EUL)

EMSI, Inc. continues to provide emergency management performance support to responders through the development of Incident Command System (ICS) courses and job aids. We are proud to offer our new Environmental Unit Leader (EUL) course and job aid. This course and job aid were recently developed in consultation with government …

Effective Use and Management of Staging Areas

By definition, Staging Areas are established for temporary location of available emergency response resources, whether tactical or support.  Staging Areas can be located anywhere on the incident where personnel, supplies and equipment can be temporarily housed, parked or moored while awaiting an operational assignment.  Staging Areas may also include temporary …

Managing Incident Potential

Incident Management Teams (IMT) spend a significant amount of time preparing and planning for the next operational period, while still managing on-going operations. This includes developing required support documents and/or needed contingency plans. As an IMT, we must also consider the need for managing incident potential in the event things …