Advanced Incident Commander Workshop

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 Advanced Incident Commander workshop builds upon the knowledge gained in previous courses, including the Incident Commander course (ICS-410), and focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the Incident Commander during more complex and/or larger scale incidents such as an inter-agency Type 2 response.  Holding students to a higher standard than the ICS-410, this course is an instructor-led training that support learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises that provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the skills requires of a Type 2 Incident Commander.

Specific Course Topics

  • Role of Command
  • Command leadership
  • Establishing command presence
  • Command decision-making
  • Conflict resolution in Unified Command
  • Regulatory requirements for Incident Commanders
  • Coordinating with external entities including EOCs, Area Command, and corporate Crisis Management Teams
  • Working for an Area Command
  • Identifying and managing external influences
  • Role of Command in major/complex incident management
  • Requirements for the development of a General Plan

Target Audience

Experienced Type 3 Incident Commanders preparing for Type 2 level incidents


Two days (16 hours)

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of ICS-300 and ICS-400

Successful completion of ICS-410 or an equivalent Incident Commander course

Experience as a Type 3 Incident Commander