Washington State Emergency Management Division


L-0962 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Planning Section Chief Course (In-Person)

Monday, October 23, 2023 to Thursday, October 26, 2023

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)
The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Primary Core Capability: Planning


This course provides local- and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) managing the planning cycle, and 2) tracking resources and incident status. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge.

Course Objectives
  • Identify course objectives and position-specific resource materials for the position of Planning
    Section Chief.
  • Describe the function of the Planning Section and the roles and responsibilities of the Planning
    Section Chief.
  • Describe the function of the Resources Unit and the roles and responsibilities of the Resources
    Unit Leader (RESL).
  • Describe the function of the Situation Unit and the roles and responsibilities of the Situation Unit
    Leader (SITL).
  • Describe the information gathered from the initial meetings, briefings and documents.
  • Describe the purpose, timing and structure of each of the meetings, briefings and documents in
    the Operational Period Planning Cycle.
  • Identify key strategies for interacting with members of the Planning Section, members of the IMT, and personnel outside of the IMT.
  • Describe the responsibilities of the Documentation Unit and Demobilization Unit Leaders and
    the purpose of the Final Incident Package

  • 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 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.

Travel Stipends Not Available

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.

Continuing Education
CEU: Hours - 2.5


West Pierce Fire & Rescue Station 20

10928 Pacific Hwy SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

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Course Manager

Emily Cunningham

Training & Exercise Coordinator

Pierce County Emergency Management

(253) 798-7428


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Please do not apply if you did not complete ALL required prerequisites for this L0962 course.