Just over a year ago, I posted my article Incident Command Training Sucks, which to date has been viewed almost 2000 times on the WordPress blog platform, alone. Since then, I’ve written several more times on the necessity to change the foundational ICS training curriculum in the US to programs that are focused on application … Continue reading ICS Training (Still) Sucks… One Year Later
The February 2016 edition of the Domestic Preparedness Journal highlighted, among other things, some concerns with ICS training in the United States. First off, if you aren’t subscribed to the DPJ, you should be. It’s free and they offer good content, with few extraneous emails beyond the journals. Check them out at http://www.domesticpreparedness.com. The specific … Continue reading Don’t Just Take It From Me – There are Issues with ICS Training
The crusade continues. ICS training still sucks. Let’s get enough attention on the subject to get it changed and make it more effective. If you are a new reader of my blog, or you happened to miss it, check out this post from last June which should give you some context: Incident Command System Training … Continue reading Updating ICS Training: Identification of Core Competencies
A great many of you are familiar with the piece I wrote in June called Incident Command System Training Sucks. In it, I identify that the foundational ICS courses (ICS-100 through ICS-400 – but especially ICS-300 and ICS-400) simply do not provide the skills training that emergency managers across all disciplines require to utilize the … Continue reading ICS Training Sucks… So Let’s Fix It
A consistent misconception is that if an emergency operations plan calls for an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to utilize the Incident Command System (ICS), then EOC personnel only require ICS training to be successful in their jobs. ICS training, however, only gets personnel part way to success. Regular readers of my blog know that I … Continue reading Training EOC Personnel – ICS is not Enough!
Even since before the National Incident Management System (NIMS), I’ve seen individuals and organizations have a desire to customize the Incident Command System (ICS). This has always been troubling to me, as customization is fully contradictory to using a standardized system. ICS offers an abundance of flexibility. If you are familiar enough with the system, … Continue reading Customization of ICS
A number of my articles have mentioned the unpredictable human factor in executing emergency plans and managing incidents, particularly for complex incidents. We can build great plans and have a great management system to facilitate the incident management process, but the human factor – that largely intangible level of unpredictability of human behavior – can … Continue reading ICS and the Human Factor
While there is an abundance of training available in public safety, emergency management, and homeland security, do we have enough training available on the foundational preparedness activities? By which, I mean Planning, Organizing, Equipping, Training, and Exercising – or POETE. There is a wide variety of training available on tactics and application of skills, which … Continue reading Grading Preparedness Training
I find it interesting that a topic so seemingly mundane – that of the incident command system (ICS) has seen an increase of discussion lately. The NIMS Refresh seems to have fueled some of that, but other writings and conversations have also been taking place. While I’ve certainly been critical of the national ICS training … Continue reading ICS: Let’s Keep Talking
In a recent discussion thread, someone shared some material for a new program that promotes resiliency for disaster housing. While the intent of the program is good, there was one thing that struck me – it stated that it was based on the incident command system (ICS). My question – why? ICS is a great … Continue reading ICS: Who doesn’t need it?