Washington State Emergency Management Division


L0950 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Incident Commander Course

Monday, May 22, 2023 to Friday, May 26, 2023 (In-Person)

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Dates & Times

Monday, May 22nd, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 23rd, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday, May 24th, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday, May 25th, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday, May 26th, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Operational Coordination

The goal of this professional development course is to provide local and state-level emergency responders with an overview of key duties and responsibilities of an Incident Commander within the ICS structure and specifically for a Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT).

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

Course Objectives
  • Identify course objectives and position-specific resource materials for the position of Incident Commander.
  • Describe how to lead and manage an Incident Management Team (IMT) through an understanding of the interactions between the Incident Commander and the individual members of the IMT.
  • Describe the Incident Commander's responsibilities in IMT administration and readiness.
  • Identify the components of a typical Incident Commander Go-Kit.
  • Describe the purpose and function of command, agency oversight, support, and coordination as they relate to incident management and the role of the Incident Commander.
  • Describe command and coordination structures from the Incident Commander's standpoint.
  • Describe the interaction and cooperation that occurs between the Agency Administrator/Executive and the Incident Commander for the successful management of an incident.
  • Describe the considerations and procedures an Incident Commander should follow to ensure effective and safe transfer of command.
  • Describe effective communication practices for addressing audiences internal and external to the management of an incident.
  • Define leader's intent, priorities, incident objectives, strategies, and tactics as they are utilized by the Incident Commander for effective incident management.
  • Describe the Incident Commander's responsibilities for the various plans and meetings in which he or she participates.
  • Describe the staffing responsibilities and considerations of the Incident Commander.
  • Describe how the Incident Commander can identify and manage a special situation that occurs within an incident.
  • Describe the financial management responsibilities of the Incident Commander and the role of the Finance/Administration Section.
  • Describe the agreements that the Incident Commander may encounter while managing incidents.
  • Describe effective personal documentation practices for the position of Incident Commander.
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of the Incident Commander as they pertain to the demobilization process, returning an incident to local management, and the performance evaluations of the Command and General Staff.



  • IS-0100 Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
  • IS-0200 Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS 200
  • E/L/G 0300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents, ICS 300
  • E/L/G 400 Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff - Complex Incidents (ICS 400)
  • IS-0700 An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  • IS-0800 National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction



  • E/L/G 0191 Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
  • O 305 Type 3 AHIMT Training Course (US Fire Administration)
  • O 337 Command & General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Team (US Fire Administration)


Visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute site to complete these 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 - 3


Medical Logistics Center Warehouse

9225 Polaris Lane NE
Lacey, WA 98516

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Course Manager

Sponsoring Agency: Washington State Department of Health

Course Manager:

Brian Moore

Training and Exercise Coordinator

Washington State Department of Health


Phone: 360-791-6047

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 L0950 course.