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Using the Incident Command System at Highway Incidents

PROGRAM AREA: Design and Traffic Operations
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
2 Days
1.2 Units
$500 Per Participant
2 Days
1.2 Units
$925 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


Using the Incident Command System at Highway Incidents is a two-day course designed to assist novice practitioners, particularly representatives of transportation organizations and towing and recovery, obtain a working knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) management system and how it applies to managing highway incidents. As a training tool, this course assists agencies, jurisdictions, and regions in achieving compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 (HSPD-5), Management of Domestic Incidents. HSPD-5 requires all Federal departments and agencies to make adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by State, tribal, and local organizations a condition for Federal preparedness assistance beginning in FY 2005. This course specifies the framework governing ICS organization and operations as presented in NIMS. The course also incorporates guidelines and procedures for establishing each of the major functional areas and associated elements of the ICS organization in addition to key perspectives of the public safety community, as described in the Model Procedures Guide for Highway Incidents by the National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium.

This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Incident Management. To learn more about how you can achieve a certificate in Incident Management visit the NHI Web site at


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe advance planning initiatives supporting ICS implementation
  • Identify ICS functional areas and associated organizational elements within each area
  • Contrast methods for performing the ICS Command function
  • List steps facilitating Incident Action Plan development and ICS implementation
  • Plan using ICS concept of operations
  • Use ICS to provide resources and services to other responding agencies


The Using the Incident Command System at Highway Incidents is a two-day course primarily targeted at Operations and Maintenance personnel from state and local Departments of Transportation and Public Works. More specifically: Incident Response Teams, Motorist Assistance Patrols, and Transportation Management Center Staff. The secondary audience for this course is Public Safety Responders. This includes: Police, Fire, Emergency Teams, Towing and Recovery Teams, and Hazardous Materials Response Teams.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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