ICS-404 Safety Officer

EMSI Safety Officer Job AidCourse Overview

ICS-404 provides government and private industry emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Safety Officer (SOFR) on an Incident Management Team (IMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories:

  1. responding to the incident and the safety needs of the incident, and
  2. effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an SOFR on an IMT.

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 a SOFR.

Specific Course Topics

  • Roles and responsibilities of the position and assistants
  • Actions required upon arriving at an incident
  • Relationships with other IMT staff
  • Establishing safety systems and supporting organization
  • Best practices
  • Safety plans
  • Supporting the Incident Action Plan development process
  • Requirements for documentation
  • Risk Hazard Analysis and other forms
  • Meetings, briefings and support activities
  • Safety Officer role in demobilization
  • Safety Officer role in ensuring safe incident facilities

Target Audience

Responders subject to filling the ICS Safety Officer position


Duration: Five days (28.75 hours)

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of ICS-300


  • FEMA E/L0954
  • NWCG S-404
  • USCG ICS-404