Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Training 


The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) is an incident management system that can be used by any hospital to manage threats, planned events, or emergency incidents. As a system, HICS is extremely useful; not only does it provide an organizational structure for incident management but it also guides the process for planning, building, and adapting that structure. The principles presented in the HICS apply to all mission areas (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery) and all hazards. HICS is a flexible, scalable, and adaptable system that can be used by all hospitals regardless of size, location, patient acuity, patient volume, or hazard type.

Training Overview 

The HICS training delivered by HSS is targeted for hospital staff who will likely assume a role within the Hospital Incident Management Team, introducing them to the resources and best practices found through the use of the HICS. Our offerings are held onsite at your facility and taught by ICS certified instructors with extensive (real-world) experience in the field of Healthcare Emergency Management.

One of EM Solutions’ nationally recognized subject matter experts was a member of the HICS 2014 Primary Workgroup. HSS offers the opportunity to learn HICS from an expert with a direct hand in the development of the program.


HICS 2014 Revision Workshop 50 4 or 6 Hours
HICS Initial Training 50 4 Hours
HICS Refresher Training 50 2 Hours
Senior Leadership HICS Training 25 90 Minutes
ICS 100, 200 & 700 Level Training 50 8 Hours
Orientation & Use of HICS Forms 25 2 Hours
Incident Action Planning Workshop 25 2 Hours
Hospital Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise Variable 2 or 4 Hours (Can be customized)


Who Should Take ICS Training? 

Personnel whose primary responsibility is Emergency Management (e.g., EM Coordinator)

Personnel designated as middle management personnel should also take ICS-200. Others who may consider taking this training include:

  • Physicians
  • Department Managers/Directors
  • Unit Leaders
  • Charge Nurses
  • Hospital Administration
  • Those that would have a role within the local/state Emergency Operations Center

ICS-700 & ICS-100
Personnel designated to fulfill ICS roles also take ICS-700 and ICS-100, examples include:

  • Physicians
  • Nursing
  • Ancillary Staff
  • Materials Management
  • Security Officers
  • Laboratory
  • Radiology
  • Inter-Facility Transport