IMS650 – 28.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Emergency Services Training Institute at (866) 878-8900 or to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

This course focuses on incident management skills, staff responsibilities, and the related situational awareness and decision-making skills using a computer-driven training simulation to offer a challenging decision-making environment in an expanding complex incident.

The course uses a team approach, focusing on the processes used while working in an Incident Command Post (ICP) and the key decision-making requirements within that response node. The Incident Management Team (IMT) will learn the cause and effects of incident decisions while working in an ICP and responding to simulated, notional exercises. The final exercise can be tailored using the jurisdictions map and resource data, providing the unique opportunity to respond to a specific location selected by the jurisdiction.

The course is delivered (resident) in the world-class National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center/Emergency Operations Training Center (NERRTC/EOTC) in College Station, Texas. The instructional team consists of coaches and mentors experienced in emergency management and incident response. The course uses a multi-discipline, jurisdictional approach to accomplish the course objectives. Each staff position is integrated into a unified command structure that teaches management processes and procedures to respond to all-hazards incident.

The overall incident management structure used in the course is based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF), and is certified by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) Training and Exercise Integration Division.


As defined by the jurisdiction.

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.


It is highly recommended that participants complete the following before the first day of class:


  • Planning Process
  • Information Management Process
  • Resource Management Process
  • Working in an ICP in a unified command structure
  • Decision-making exercises
  • Case study
  • Familiarization with and use of the Emergency Management Exercise System (EM*ES)

Suggested Audience

This course is for emergency responders that serve in a management or supervisory role and may be required to perform incident command staff or general staff functions for a jurisdiction during the response to an all-hazards incident. Disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire Service
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Law Enforcement (LE)
  • Public Health (PH)
  • Health care
  • Public Works (PW)
  • Emergency management
  • Governmental administrative
  • County, state, and federal agency personnel responding in support of a local jurisdiction
  • Public safety communications
  • Hazardous Materials (HazMat)
  • Utilities
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Volunteer and/or faith-based organizations
  • Private business partners

Contact Information

Preparedness Program

Phone: (979) 458-5645

This was a very good training! I loved the hands-on aspect.

— Processing Evidence of Violent Crimes
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