About Incident Command System

Incident Command System (ICS)


The Incident Command System (ICS) is “a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response” according to the United States Federal Highway Administration. A more detailed definition of an ICS according to the United States Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance is “a set of personnel, policies, procedures, facilities, and equipment, integrated into a common organizational structure designed to improve emergency response operations of all types and complexities. ICS is a subcomponent of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), as released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004.” An ICS is based upon a changeable, scalable response organization providing a common hierarchy within which people can work together effectively. These people may be drawn from multiple agencies that do not routinely work together, and ICS is designed to give standard response and operation procedures to reduce the problems and potential for miscommunication on such incidents. ICS has been summarized as a “first-on-scene” structure, where the first responder of a scene has charge of the scene until the incident has been declared resolved, a more qualified responder arrives on the scene and receives the command, or the Incident Commander appoints another individual Incident Commander.

CARES ICS Requirements

CARES is required by the state of Oregon and Clackamas County to use proper ICS procedures. Because of these requirements, CARES personal are required to complete 3 online FEMA ICS courses.

FEMA ICS 100.b Introduction to Incident Command System.

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IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

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IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

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Send a copy of each certification to Linda Kidd kb7jqp@clackamasares.org