ICS I-100 (Blue Plan)
Introduction to the Incident Command System
ICS I-100 provides a background and history of ICS and discusses why the use of a standardised management system has been adopted worldwide. This course also covers the features, principles and organisational hierarchy of ICS explaining why it is so beneficial in a Southern African context.
In order to promote the use and knowledge of ICS in South Africa, Vulcan Training is making this course (ICS 100 Blue Plan) available FREE OF CHARGE. However, should you require a course completion certificate once you have completed the course, you will need to upgrade to our ICS 100 Bronze, Silver or Gold Plans. You can upgrade your training plan at anytime during your enrollment in the Blue Plan course (details provided in the course).
Vulcan Training ICS courses are based on the United States FEMA ICS courses and are endorsed by SAICS.
Note: There will be an increase in the prices of our online ICS courses effective 1st January 2019
What is the Incident Command System?
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a highly effective, standardised approach to the command, control, and coordination of incident response. It can be used to manage an emergency incident or a non-emergency event, and can be used equally well for both small and large situations.
Vulcan Training offers ICS which are locally relevant and of high quality. ICS has been adopted by other countries around the world and the need for a standardised approach to incident management has been highlighted in South Africa, and Africa. While there has been great work to integrate ICS into these regions there is still a long way to go in order to develop capacity.
When various agencies and emergency services work together, all using different command structures, SOPs, terminologies, and communication protocols we have seen problematic incident responses. An argument often heard is that “our system works and is almost the same as Incident Command System but with different terminology. Why do we need to change ours that has worked for us?”. Perhaps you may have the perfect system when working with your own staff and personnel but what happens when you bring in other agencies and resources onto your incident OR you offer your assistance to another agency with a different system. ICS and IMS ensure different agencies can come together with great effectiveness as they all use a standardised approach, speak the same language and follow the same incident management system.
Unwillingness to accept a standardised management system has resulted in and continues to result in incidents that are inefficiently managed with:
- Disagreement on objectives and strategies
- Poor interagency communication and coordination
- No central reporting mechanisms
The future of incident management in South Africa, and Africa, is the standardised approach – don’t get left behind.