It’s sad to say that in the past four and a half years of stumping for changes in ICS training, we have seen little progress. I was recently sent a response org chart developed by an agency that completely tore apart ICS and rebuilt it in a fundamentally different image. ICS is a standard. It … Continue reading ICS Training Sucks: A Revival
Yep, I’m still at it. It seems with every post about the condition of Incident Command System training as we know it, I’m able to draw more people into our cause (aka the Crusade). While I’ve never espoused there to be an easy solution, the training that we currently provide for ICS falls well short … Continue reading A New Vision for ICS Training
It’s been quite a while since I’ve last posted, but, as I’m sure many of my followers expected, the updated ICS training materials would bring me out of my absenteeism. For those not aware, in March of this year, FEMA released IS-200.c, an updated Basic ICS course; and earlier this week released updated ICS 300 … Continue reading Updated ICS Training Courses – a Critical Review
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!
An updated NIMS Training Program has been released, but does it provide a vision for incident management training?
Last month a colleague and I delivered the new ICS 300 and 400 courses for a client. If you’ve missed them, I have some early review notes and overall thoughts posted. Nothing gets you into the curriculum like teaching it, though. First, some credit to our course participants, who were extremely supportive in this delivery. They … Continue reading Conduct of the New ICS 300 and 400 Courses