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L0962: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Planning Section Chief Course


This course provides local- and state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities fall into two categories: 1) managing the planning cycle, and 2) tracking resources and incident status. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge.

The learner must achieve a minimum passing score of 75% on final knowledge assessments or demonstrate mastery on performance assessments or research assignments to earn the IACET CEU.

Selection Criteria: NIMS ICS Position Specific training shall be completed by personnel who will be required to gain a certificate of training and the credentials to function in an ICS Organization, such as an IMT, as a member of the Command, General Staff or as a Unit Leader. These criteria will be verified on the student enrollment request by endorsement of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) such as the State/Tribal Training Officer or the course manager.

ACE: Level: Lower Division/Associate

ACE: Credit Hours: 2

Course Objectives

  • Identify course objectives and position-specific resource materials for the position of Planning Section Chief.
  • Describe the function of the Planning Section and the roles and responsibilities of the Planning Section Chief.
  • Describe the function of the Resources Unit and the roles and responsibilities of the Resources Unit Leader (RESL).
  • Describe the function of the Situation Unit and the roles and responsibilities of the Situation Unit Leader (SITL).
  • Describe the information gathered from the initial meetings, briefings and documents.
  • Describe the purpose, timing and structure of each of the meetings, briefings and documents in the Operational Period Planning Cycle.
  • Identify key strategies for interacting with members of the Planning Section, members of the IMT, and personnel outside of the IMT.
  • Describe the responsibilities of the Documentation Unit and Demobilization Unit Leaders and the purpose of the Final Incident Package.

Mission Areas

  • Respond
  • Recover
  • Mitigation


· IS-0100: An Introduction to the Incident Command System

· IS-0200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

· E/L/G 0300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents

· E/L/G 0400: Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents

· IS-0700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

· IS-0800: National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction



· G 0191: Emergency Operations Center/ Incident Command System Interface (Emergency Management Institute)

· O 305: Type 3 AHIMT Training Course (US Fire Academy)

· 337: Command & General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Team (US Fire Academy)

You must email prerequisites to April Keeler, State NIMS Coordinator, at before you will be approved for this course.

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