Campus Safety Training Program: Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) for School Personnel
Campus Safety Training Program: Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) for School Personnel is an interactive course that provides an overview of the ICS as it relates to campus safety. It identifies the specific roles within an ICS and terminology associated with the ICS. Additionally, how the ICS roles work together during a critical incident will be explored.
COURSE RUN TIME: 30 MINUTES
About This Course
As stated by FEMA in the publication NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions, our nation’s schools are “entrusted to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for more than 55 million elementary and secondary students” each day. To protect these school communities in the event of an emergency, school districts and administrators need to work with local government, law enforcement, and community emergency response agencies in advance of any potential emergencies. 
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a “response method that determines the role of everyone responding to a crisis and defines a shared vocabulary and shared expectations of behavior” (Texas School Safety Center, 2020). Agencies and first responders that provide assistance during a school emergency all use ICS during a crisis. It is imperative that school staff and safety teams understand and are comfortable using the ICS shared vocabulary when interacting with first responders during a crisis. Additionally, utilizing the shared vocabulary during the planning phases of critical incident response will assist in building trust and collaboration between diverse organizations.
This training is designed to assist educational stakeholders in understanding the roles within an ICS and how to create an ICS for their school.
Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:
- Identify specific roles within the Incident Command System (ICS)
- Define terminology associated with the ICS
- Explain how the ICS roles work together during a critical incident event
Participants should expect to spend approximately 30 minutes reviewing the content and resources in this course.
This tuition-free online training was developed by the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WX-K007 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
 “NIMS Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions”. Federal Emergency Management Agency online. nimsimplementationactivitiesforschools.pdf (fema.gov)
 “K-12 Standard Reunification Method Toolkit: 1.1. Incident Command System”. Texas School Safety Center online. K-12 Standard Reunification Method Toolkit | Texas School Safety Center (txstate.edu)
This course is ideal for school personnel, law enforcement including school resource officers, and campus safety professionals.
The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC) is dedicated to equipping criminal justice professionals and service providers with the right training and tools to affect lasting and meaningful change in the communities they serve. As a leading national criminal justice training organization, we deliver quality innovative training, expert instruction, and technical assistance solutions for combating prevailing public safety and community challenges.