ICS-210 Initial Response Incident Commander

EMSI Initial Response Job AidCourse Overview

The Initial Response Incident Commander is responsible for establishing the initial Command and managing the initial response to an incident.  Designed to fill a critical gap in initial response ICS training, this course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of an Initial Response Incident Commander either in the initial stages of a more complex incident (Type 3 or greater) or in managing a Type 4 or 5 incident.  Building upon ICS-200 concepts (ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents), this course prepares response personnel to assume command in the initial response and establish a solid incident management foundation upon which follow on actions can be based.

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 initial Incident Commander.

Specific Course Topics

  • Initial Response Incident Commander roles and responsibilities
  • Establishing initial command
  • Initial incident size-up and assessment
  • Initial response management and planning
  • Extended initial response operations
  • Utilizing the ICS 201
  • Building the initial response organization
  • Reasons for and against transition out of the initial response phase to the proactive, managed phase of the incident
  • Transfer of Command and incident transitions
  • Initial response demobilization

Target Audience

Initial Response Incident Commanders who may serve as Incident Commander in the initial stages of a more complex incident (Type 3 or greater) or for the duration of a less complex incident (Type 4 or 5). 


Duration: One or two days (8-16 hours)

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of ICS-100 and ICS-200 

This Course may be Taught in Conjunction With


  • NWCG S-200