Who Takes ICS Training?

There are certainly some obvious responses to this question; emergency managers, and command staff, and those looking for promotions into command, in police departments, sheriff departments, and fire departments.  For the most part these leadership positions require intermediate (ICS300) and advanced (ICS400) Incident Command System training.  FEMA has long since stated “All federal, state, territorial, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel at the first line supervisor level, middle management level and command and general staff level of emergency management operations” should take these important trainings.

Having trained nearly 1,000 students virtually over the last few months, we have found 61% of our students come from the above disciplines. 

Where are the other 39% of the students coming from you ask?

Governmental Departments:

  • Public Health Departments                   Where are Blue Cell Attendees Located?
    ICS300 ICS400 Fire Department Police Department Emergency Managers
  • Agriculture Departments
  • Municipal Public Works/Utilities
  • Roads/Transportation Department
  • Administration
  • LEPC
  • State Guard/Military
  • Wildlife/Parks/Forest Service
  • Security
  • Flood Plains
  • Nuclear Laboratories
  • Land Departments
  • Housing & Human Services
  • School Districts

Private Sector & Other Organizations:

  • NGO’s/Volunteer Organizations
  • Power Companies
  • Engineering Companies
  • Water Co-Ops
  • Watershed
  • Federal/State Contractors

The ICS300 course description states that the targeted audience for this course is, “Individuals who may assume a supervisory role during an incident”.  As we all know, many times in the first few hours, incident command roles are filled temporarily by local resources who may not typically fill these positions. Then as events seem to evolve and the incident expands, more qualified IMT members with broader skill sets and experience take over. This speaks to why everyone, whether in leadership or not, needs this vital training in case they need to step into an incident management role, even in the short term.



Jim Erickson The Blue Cell Virtual FEMA Training ICS400 ICS300 Emergency Manager

Jim Erickson has been working with the Public Safety and Emergency Management industries for 13 years providing hi-speed mass communication services, content and training management solutions, and disaster planning and damage assessment systems.Prior to entering the Public Safety and Emergency Management markets, Jim spent 20 years selling enterprise and government products and services with Moore North America, Rosetta Technologies, and Xerox Corporation.

Jim was born and raised in Southern California and relocated to Colorado with his wife, Ann, in 2000.  They have four sons, whom Jim has helped mentor through The Boy Scouts of America program, as well as many other young men, having served as Scoutmaster, Committee Chairman, and Outdoor Program Advisor.  In addition to enjoying all the outdoor activities the Scouts has to offer, Jim enjoys off-roading in his Jeep and home-brewing.

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