ICS-310 All-Hazards Incident Commander

EMSI Incident Commander Job AidCourse Overview

The Incident Commander is responsible for directing and/or controlling resources by virtue of explicit legal, agency, or delegated authority, as well as the overall management of the response. ICS-310 builds upon previous NIMS and ICS courses to provide position specific training by providing government and private industry emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Incident Commander (IC).  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 IC.

Specific Course Topics

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Initial response activities
  • Staffing and organizing
  • Relationships and interactions with staff and other stakeholders
  • Executive level interactions
  • Command’s direction
  • Exercise Learning Components
  • Meetings, Briefings and Support Activities
  • IAP Prep and Approval
  • Executing Plan and Assessing Progress
  • Transitioning and Demobilization

Target Audience

Response personnel assuming the role as an Incident Commander on a Type 3 Incident Management Team.


Duration: Five days (30 hours)

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of ICS-300 and experience in a Command or General Staff position on an incident 

This Course may be Taught in Conjunction With


  • FEMA EMI E0950
  • NWCG S-300