HICS for Healthcare Managers
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HICS for Healthcare Managers

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 Healthcare Managers on-site training is taught by an experienced and credentialed instructor and is designed for hospital staff that may function in key management roles during emergencies. At the end of the course, participants will have a working knowledge of the Hospital Incident Command System and be able to assemble a functional hospital incident management team. They will also be prepared to complete the FEMA/EMI test for IS-100, 200, and 700.


Held at your facility, lecture, case studies, and a facilitated tabletop exercise educate and inform personnel about the value and functionality of HICS. This course helps you better manage the incident, personnel, and resources during a crisis or disaster.

Instruction focuses on key learning objectives established for NIMS and addresses information needed to demonstrate competency and successfully complete FEMA/EMI certification for IS-100, 200, and 700.

Duration: 8 hours

Class Size: Maximum of 50

Class Location: On site at the client hospital


HICS for Healthcare Managers on-site training course includes:

  • Appraisal of current issues in healthcare emergency management and how they affect local hospital preparedness efforts
  • Discussion of the features and attributes of the HICS and NIMS
  • Walkthrough on how to apply the HICS principles to health care organizations
  • Instruction on how to initiate and apply the HICS program at their home facilities
  • Discussion on how to expand and contract the HICS hierarchy depending upon the incident
  • Facilitated tabletop exercise that provides participants with an opportunity to become familiar with HICS, and demonstrate an understanding and familiarity with the operation of the HICS roles and interactions during a simulated exercise


HICS for Healthcare Managers 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