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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, 3 semester hours in emergency medical services, public administration, or fire science.

In this 6-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: PDF 145KB
Welcome Letter and Pre-course Assignment Information PDF 192KB
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
Apply June 26, 2022 - July 1, 2022 Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply October 23 - 28, 2022 Apply by 6/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply January 29, 2023 - February 3, 2023 Apply by 6/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply March 12 - 17, 2023 Apply by 6/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 30, 2023 - May 5, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 27, 2023 - September 1, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 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.