ICS-410 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. This course 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
  • Transitioning from initial response to on-going operations
  • 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
  • De-escalation, Transitioning, and Demobilization

Target Audience

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


Duration: Four days (32 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