Incident Command System




Emergency And Disaster Characteristics



ICS 100 Level


ICS 200 Level

ICS 300 Level


ICS 400 Level










ICS 100

An introduction to the basic building blocks of the Incident Command System.  This material is offered on-line (FEMA has a full course) but on-line learning offers no chance for clarification, questions, or alternate examples for presentation.  Recent real-life incidents are used to illustrate the system and identify common issues to arise in disasters. This is a one day, eight hour course.


When Requested




ICS 200

The basic Incident Command Course for anyone signing into an ICS organization; a basic nuts and bolts of ICS.   The course starts with looking at the differences between emergencies, large-scale emergencies and disasters then looks at why Incident Command applies.  Each of the basic system building blocks described in ICS 100 are discussed in detail.  Emphasis is on understanding each concept, practicing with a real-life example from recent incidents and an introduction to problem solving.  This is a two day, sixteen hour course.


January 2008




ICS 300

Incidents typically blind-side responders because they are reactive to the incident rather than proactive in identifying issues and problems and preparing for them.  ICS 300 looks at the problems and problem solving required for large emergencies and disasters.  The course is meant to be intense and challenging.  Again, recent real-life incidents are used as the basis of all exercises in the course.  This is a three day, twenty-four hour course.


February 2008




ICS 400

The largest incidents require vast numbers of personnel, interactions with Emergency Operations Centre, affect multiple jurisdictions and have important legal and political ramifications.  ICS 400 looks at the largest incidents and covers Unified Command, Area Command, Complexes, political implications and activation of every aspect of the Incident Command System.  This course gets away from the problem-solving of incidents and focuses on textbook disaster response. 


When Requested




Emergencies & Disasters

Emergency responders often do not understand that disasters are not simply large-scale emergencies.  In fact, the different characteristics often result in inappropriate responses or ineffective responses.  This course looks at the different characteristics of emergencies and disasters, looks at the dividing line between large-scale emergencies and disasters and looks at common errors in Incident Command response using real-life incidents as the basis of each scenario or exercise.  Disaster issues like the failure of communications and the influx of volunteers are discussed in detail.  This is a five hour course with no prerequisite.



When Requested




ICS 200 – November 24/5, 2007


“Tom has the knowledge with a great personality.  His course makes you think of both ‘Get Better’ and ‘Get Worse’ scenarios.    Cindy Knipelberg, Amateur Radio Emergency Service


This course is a valuable tool to the personnel who are tasked with oversight of emergency / disaster operations”  Kelly Weist, Emergency Coordinator, ARES Edmonton Region


“All ARES [members] should take this one.”  Ties van Nidek, Amateur Radio Emergency Service


“Instructor has exceptional knowledge of subject matter.”  Curtis Bidulock, ARES