Incident Command System Training

Incident Command System (ICS) Training

USEPA GLNPO led course offerings:
USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office and Tetra Tech, EMI has developed an ICS 101 for Invasive Species Response training course.  This short, 1 day, course provides the knowledge to serve as support personnel in an invasive species rapid response which may require federal resources and agency coordination.  The course is intended for agencies and groups which participate in an AIS specific rapid response and may or may not have previous experience with ICS. The group exercise as part of the class promotes effective communication and collaboration which are essential during rapid response incidents.  Team training with multiple agencies is ideal to simulate the complexity of most incidents.
The Goals of this course are:

  1. Gain a general understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational and operational framework through a brief ICS instructional presentation.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively conduct internal notifications, coordinate across agencies, and use resources from multiple entities. 
  3. Gain an understanding of the importance of jurisdictional authority based on agencies mission/mandates and species/location.
  4. Organize and initiate a successful small scale, on-water aquatic invasive species (AIS) assessment through group discussion and course exercises.
  5. Discuss the differences in operations and resources for various types of (Aquatic) Invasive Species rapid response efforts.

IS-100.b and 200.b (both available online) are recommended prior to this course to provide an understanding of ICS. 
There is also opportunity for additional group led ICS trainings if requested by agencies or groups dependent on group size and trainer availability. Bill Bolen is the USEPA GLNPO coordinator for these trainings.  Email:


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