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Emergency Medical Services: Incident Operations R0147

Curriculum: Emergency Medical Services
Training Specialist

Michael Stern

Delivery type
6-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), public administration, or fire science.

In this six-day course, EMS personnel/officers/supervisors review the Incident Command System (ICS) and study proper incident command techniques for management of medium to large incidents involving multiple sick or injured patients.

Topics covered include:

  • Problem-solving and EMS functions within incident command.
  • Resource management and interagency and mutual aid.
  • Size-up and strategy and tactics and action plans.
  • EMS company operations.
  • Preincident preparation.
  • Incident organization.
  • Strategic command.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

Emergency response personnel with responsibilities to implement the initial and early expanding EMS functions of an ICS at medium- or large-sized incidents.


  1. ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. IS-700 “National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction." (Course certificate must be included with application.)
  3. IS-201 “Forms Used for the Development of the Incident Action Plan”  OR ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents. (Course certificate must be included with application.)

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
January 27, 2019 - February 1, 2019 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 14 - 19, 2019 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 26 - 31, 2019 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 15 - 20, 2019 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

The ability to take "controlled risks" in training and learn from being in scenarios was invaluable. This course should be required for all front-line EMS supervisors that would find themselves in the role of medical command of a major incident.