What is the ICS 100 exam for?


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Introduction to the Incident Command System, or ICS 100, is aimed at people involved with emergency planning, response and recovery efforts, and the exam covers the history, features, principles and structure of the ICS. Those taking the exam must answer at least 75% of the questions correctly to receive credit.

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The overall course goal is to promote effective response by familiarizing testers with how Incident ICS principles are used to manage incidents and to prepare them to coordinate with response partners from government, as well as the private sector. To receive credit for the ICS 100 course, the final exam must be taken online at the EMI Independent Study Program's secure exam site, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.

The Emergency Management Institute developed its ICS courses with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Fire Administration’s national fire programs branch. The ICS creates a standard for dealing with incidents through coordination, integration and resource management.

The ICS 100 exam covers such topics as assuming accountability, dispatch/deployment and check-in, initial briefing, record keeping, preparing for lengthy assignments and resource demobilization. Other topics include common terminology, command, planning/organizational structure, facilities and resources, communications/information management, professionalism and dispatch/deployment.

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