ICS-430 Operations Section Chief

EMSI Operations Section Chief Job AidCourse Overview

Building upon the basic foundations of the Incident Command System, ICS-430 is designed to provide government and private industry emergency management and response personnel with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Operations Section Chief (OSC) on an Incident Management Team at the Type 2 level. These responsibilities fall into two categories:

  1. response to the incident and command needs of the incident; and
  2. effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an Incident Commander on an ICS Incident Management Team.

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 OSC.

Specific Course Topics

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Interactions with Incident Management Team members
  • Responding to Command’s direction
  • Coordination and Interaction
  • Managing On-Scene Operations
  • Determining resource requirements
  • Documenting actions
  • Operational Risk Assessment Process
  • Meetings, Briefings, Planning Process and Support Activities
  • Demobilization
  • Exercise Learning Components

Target Audience

Responders selected to fill the Type 2 Operations Section Chief position


Duration: Three days (22 hours)


Successful completion of ICS-300

Recommended: successful completion of ICS-339


  • FEMA E/L0958
  • NWCG S-430
  • USCG ICS-430