Washington State Emergency Management Division


L0958 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Operations Section Chief Course (In-Person)

Monday, October 2, 2023 to Thursday, October 5, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PST)

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Operational Coordination

The purpose of this professional development course is to prepare local, state, tribal, and Federal emergency responders to function in the role of a T-III OSC after obtaining adequate experience. The OSC will be part of an all-hazards T-III IMT Operations Section Chief (OSC) Type III in a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).”

For additional course information, including contact hours, please see the National Preparedness Catalog.

Course Objectives
  • Describe how to gather, organize, communicate, and share information necessary to perform as an Operations Section Chief.
  • Describe the purpose of the Strategy, Tactics, and Planning Meetings and the Operations Section Chief's roles and responsibilities in developing the Operational Planning Worksheet (ICS Form 215) and the Incident Action Plan.
  • Describe the principles of supervision, delegation, and communication as they relate to the position of the Operations Section Chief.
  • Identify key strategies for managing and adjusting the Operations Section.
  • Describe the Operations Section Chief's role in developing and maintaining relations with people internal and external to the ICS Team.
  • Describe the Operations Section Chief's roles and responsibilities for risk assessment and safety management.
  • Describe the need and process for contingency planning for an all-hazards incident.
  • Describe the Operations Section Chief's roles and responsibilities for demobilization.



  • IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) (any version)
  • IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (any version)
  • IS-700 National Incident Management System (any version)
  • IS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction (any version)
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS-400 Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff


Visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute site to complete the Independent Study courses.

Target Audience

NIMS ICS Position Specific training shall be completed by personnel who will be required to gain a certificate of training and the credentials to function in an ICS Organization, such as an IMT, as a member of the Command, General Staff or as a Unit Leader. These criteria will be verified on the student enrollment request by endorsement of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) such as the State/Tribal Training Officer or the course manager.

Continuing Education
CEU: Hours - 2.2

Travel Stipends Not Available

Important Travel Notice:

Travel Stipends are not available for this course. Associated travel costs by students who are approved for attendance are the responsibility of the student to pay to include but not limited to meals, mileage, and lodging. If you purchase airfare to attend this course and the course is cancelled, postponed, or the dates shift, the student (not the host) is responsible for refunds or changes in ticket airfare.


Buckley Fire Dept., Pierce County

611 Division St.
Buckley, WA 98321

Course Manager

Emily Cunningham

Training & Exercise Coordinator

Pierce County Emergency Management

(253) 798-7428

Please let us know if reasonable accommodation is required for this course. We invite any person with a disability, access or functional need, as well as those who need to obtain course materials in an alternative format, to please indicate your need in the registration/RSVP process.
If you have any further concerns or questions, please contact the course manager listed on this page or reach out to our State Training Staff at and we will be happy to assist you.


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Please do not apply if you did not complete ALL required prerequisites for this L0958 course.