HICS for Critical Access Hospitals
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HICS for Critical Access Hospitals

The Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) is an example of a best practice emergency management program that hospitals can employ to enhance their preparedness and satisfy one of the NIMS readiness objectives. It is based on the Incident Command System (ICS), a standardized, all-hazard incident management tool that enables hospitals and other agencies to organize and manage resources, staff and facilities to remain operational during an emergency and promote the restoration of day-to-day operations.

DQE HICS for Critical Access Hospitals on-site training is taught by an experienced and credentialed instructor and is designed to reflect the realities found in smaller institutions and the use of HICS. At the end of the course, participants will have a better working knowledge of key features of HICS and Incident Action Plan development relevant to critical access hospitals. In addition, they will be better prepared to function as an effective member of an incident management team.


Held at your facility, lecture, case studies and short focused facilitated tabletop exercises educate and inform key personnel filling Command and General Staff positions about the value and functionality of HICS. This course helps you better manage an incident, personnel, and resources during a crisis or disaster. Instruction focuses on key learning objectives established for NIMS/ICS and addresses information needed to demonstrate competency, successfully develop an incident organization structure and initiate incident action planning.

Duration: 6 hours

Class Size: Maximum of 50

Class Location: On site at the client hospital


HICS for Critical Access Hospitals on-site training course objectives include:

  • Gaining an appreciation of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function in key Command and General Staff positions.
  • Understanding the role of effective use of the HICS in relationship to critical access facilities and their existing Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the HICS to establish an incident management organization and initiate development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP) using the planning process including:
    • Establishing Operational Periods
    • Identifying and prioritizing incident objectives
    • Discussing and understanding the planning process to develop and IAP

Facilitated tabletop exercises provide participants with an opportunity to become familiar with HICS, and demonstrate an understanding and familiarity with the operation of the HICS roles and key activities during a simulated event.


HICS for Critical Access Hospitals includes a subscription to DQE-on-Demand® eLearning HICS program to supplement instruction and to serve as a resource for training additional staff.

  • Provides IS-100, 200, and 700 curriculums for certification and knowledge reinforcement
  • Instructs on topics including emergency management, planning, program implementation, HICS command structure, activation, and decision making
  • Includes case studies and examples throughout each animated module to ensure better understanding and enhance confidence