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NCHRP Web-Only Document 215: Incident Command System (ICS) Training for Field-Level Supervisors and Staff, from TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program, provides training materials and guidance for transportation field personnel to help their organizations operate safely in an emergency or traffic management event. This course is intended to review the basic ICS structures and terminologies aimed to ensure safety, personnel accountability, and support for the agency’s financial reimbursement efforts.

Instructors would benefit from downloading and reviewing the complete document while developing their approaches to teaching this course in their agencies. These materials are excerpted and presented in native format to enable instructors to customize the presentations, quick start cards and supervisor’s folder materials to best meet the needs of their agencies, and to comply with state laws and agency policies.

This product includes lesson plans, guidance on classroom setup, complete slide shows with scripts or instructor prompts, instructions for creating materials and conducting sand table exercises, and some information about training for adults.

Specifically, the materials include: Eight videos that can be used in class to demonstrate ICS roles to students—joining an ICS, starting an ICS, or having an ICS turned over to the DOT staff. They also include examples for the instructors in how to conduct sand table exercises as ICS training elements and how to create the supervisor’s folder, including how the quick start cards can be customized (Format: MP4 files on Vimeo). An Instructor Guide and Student Trainer Course Evaluation (Customizable; Format: ZIP file of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF files). Briefing Training Scenarios, which contain a PPT show and script (Customizable; Format: ZIP file of Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint files). Discussion-Based Training Scenarios, which contain an instructor's guide and student evaluation (Customizable; Format: ZIP file of Microsoft Word files). ICS Quick Start Cards (Customizable; Format: Microsoft Word). A Supervisor’s Folder, which includes a materials list and construction information (Format: Microsoft Word).

The course material provided in this project assumes that instructors have completed classes on delivering training to adults; have certificates in at least ICS 100, 200, and 300; and have some experience with ICS, at the field level or in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). It is also assumed that instructors may have had experience working with a transportation agency in emergency planning or training, or as a field supervisor, and to have also completed ICS 400 and E/L449 ICS “Incident Command System Curricula TTT” courses.

Disclaimer: This software is offered as is, without warranty or promise of support of any kind either expressed or implied. Under no circumstance will the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine or the Transportation Research Board (collectively "TRB") be liable for any loss or damage caused by the installation or operation of this product. TRB makes no representation or warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, including without limitation, the warranty of merchantability or the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, and shall not in any case be liable for any consequential or special damages.

Suggested Citation

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Incident Command System (ICS) Training for Field-Level Supervisors and Staff. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

221 pages |  8.5 x 11 |  DOI:
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