Course Overview

Course Description:
This 4-hour course provides an overview of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Fifth Edition. Through practical scenarios and interactive discussions, students will learn the benefits of HICS and its application in a healthcare environment, including adaptations for community health centers and other healthcare settings. The program reviews the basics of the HICS organizational structure, and incorporates best practices related to use of HICS forms and incident management.

All personnel staffing the Hospital Incident Management Team are required to complete ICS training in order to maintain NIMS compliance. This course is roughly aligned with the FEMA ICS-200 course and should prepare participants to complete the FEMA IS-200.HCa online exam.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the purpose of the course
  2. Define the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and its purpose
  3. Identify important considerations of a situational assessment
  4. Recognize effective incident objectives for a scenario based upon a situational assessment
  5. Describe the primary functions of organizational positions within the HICS
  6. Explain common leadership and management applications used within HICS
  7. Describe, given a scenario, the key HICS tools and forms used in incident management
  8. Explain the key elements of demobilization
  9. Summarize the course

Target Audience:
Healthcare facility personnel who may have a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management, or emergency response during an incident, including Hospital Incident Management Team staff

Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC  
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response  
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
Office of Public health Preparedness

Mea Allen
Associate Director, Education & Training
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 4.8 contact hours of nursing continuing education. 

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training delivery is offered through a contract with the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), with funding from the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program.

The views and opinions expressed and all related documents and course materials do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit 
the funding page.

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