NIMS – Industrial Incident Command System Overview

NIMS- Industrial Incident Command System Overview

Target Audience

Anyone who may work in the Industrial setting and who may be responsible to fill any Command or General staff ICS positions (per NFPA 1081) from initial attack to an extended operation during an all risk, all hazard emergency including rescue, fire and haz-mat incidents.

The Class

Students are presented with a student manual as well as a work book theirs to keep. The manual consist of chapters that outline the FEMA NIMS guidelines. Chapters are: Intro to ICS, Components of ICS, Command, Operations, Planning, Logistics, Finance/Admin, Strategy and Tactics, Risk Vs Benefit, Recognition and Identification of Hazardous Materials, Pre-Incident Planning, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.

The student work book consist of related information, command work sheets, exercises, decision making models, MSDS information, foam calculations, ERG exercise, legal issues, post incident analysis and generic ICS position check list as well as related forms. Weather and its effects on emergencies are explored. How to get a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) and its uses are explained.

The Presentation

With Firefighter Safety and Survival a Priority:

We use Power Point presentation for each chapter and infuse case studies using DVDs of previous incidents to illustrate where critical decision making either went right or wrong.

Against that back drop we further support the presentations with selected training videos such as “Taking Control, Petroleum Storage Tanks, ICS in the Field” to name a few.

Exercises/Digital Combustion

Using the table top format students are divided into groups and are given exercises to solve and must develop their ICS matrix, strategy and tactics and prioritize how they will handle the incident. Each student will fill the Incident Command role at least three times during individual exercises (student against student decision making). We include two exercises that use the computer program Digital Combustion software. Photos of industrial target hazards (tanks or process units) are imported into the system and then leak, fire and smoke are applied.

The final exercise is all hands dawning vests and radios then filling applicable ICS positions, pre-plans and schematics are provided. A major fire in the plant is delivered via Digital Combustion and the students acting as the management team have to handle the incident. Real world injects are added to the simulation such as unified command, the arrival of local regulators, EPA, Fish Commission, the Press and the list goes on.

Once this “Incident” is concluded (predetermined benchmarks are met) a Post Incident Analysis is conducted and the TEAM is evaluated for lessons learned and extended a verbal grade by the Instructor (s).


A written 50 question test is required to be completed once the course has been delivered.

Company Specials

We can use the Digital Combustion program by taking pictures of your specific target hazards and importing them into the program. Adding even more optimization to your in house presentation, we can incorporate and use your company emergency plan, procedures, pre-plans into the course delivery.


“This class really helped me understand the fundamentals of Incident Command. The instructor kept everyone involved in the exercises, which helped me understand the entire command process, the instructor is world class with his years of experience”
Kevin H. Process Supervisor