Incident Command Simulation Center Section

Preparing Future Incident Commanders Through Real World Simulations

The Incident Command Simulation Center (ICSC) prepares future incident commanders through real-world simulations. The ICSC is the training environment that incident commanders of all agencies and disciplines (fire, EMS, law enforcement, emergency management, military, hospitals, private sector companies, and their teams) use to develop the required skills needed to successfully mitigate an emergency incident.

It is essential to prepare entry-level personnel, such as firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, law enforcement, and emergency managers to obtain job skills. They go to a drill ground, training center, academy, or other specific sites to develop proficiency in their hands-on skills.

The question to consider is: where do my new commanders, leaders, and managers go to develop proficiency and experience with tactical and command preparation? The answer is simply:

Incident Command Simulation Center and Mobile Lab

The command skills, that can now be learned in a short period of time, would normally require personnel to gain years of experience responding to emergency incidents. At the ICSC and Mobile Lab personnel can make mistakes while avoiding real-world fatal consequences! A person can learn from their mistakes they have made by responding to similar simulated scenarios for further command experience. This can be repeated as many times as required to develop the proper skills.

Personal Skill Sets

Your personal skills and knowledge will determine your successful outcome on the incident scene. Have you developed good command and tactical skills and incident experience? Are you being mentored by experienced officers or managers? At the ICSC and Mobile Lab you will learn from experienced officers and managers who will help you identify and develop skills required to be an officer, manager, or leader at today’s emergencies. You will develop the skills of reading smoke and building construction in order to make better tactical decisions. You will learn how to utilize Incident Command boards effectively from our experienced instructors. The simulation instructors share lessons learned from years of experience, line of duty death (LODD) case reviews, NIOSH reports, and more.

Simulation of the Month

Hone your command and tactical skills with our simulation of the month.

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Sim Center Decision Making
Decision Making

Decision making includes the ability to recognize situations as they are presented and to determine a course of action based on the skill and knowledge level of the individual. What is the level of knowledge and skills required before an incident?

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Sim Center Crew Resource Management
Crew Resource Management

The process of crew resource management focuses on improving five critical factors that lead to a reduction of errors. These factors are: communication, situational awareness, decision-making, teamwork, and overcoming communication barriers. In the safety realm, there is something called the “error chain”.

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Sim Center Communication Procedures
Communication Procedures

In just about every NIOSH investigation, you will see that communications is a repeated issue among both crews and command. In the simulation lab, knowing departmental communications procedures during incidents is stressed extensively. Understanding and practicing how to communicate between command and crews during an incident gives the personnel the ability to practice radio skills.

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Sim Center Communication National Incident Management System
National Incident Management System

At the ICSC and Mobile Lab the NIMS system to manage incidents is stressed and used extensively. Students learn how to use branches, divisions, and groups; obtain a better understanding of the span of control; and how to maintain it during an incident.

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Sim Center Command Presence
Command Presence

Command presence is one of the most important skills you need to learn to successfully run an incident scene efficiently. This is not a skill that you do once, but it is done regularly!

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Training can be customized to your organization’s needs. Simulations can use actual photos from your community so training takes place in realistic-looking settings. Simulations can be customized for fire, EMS, special operation teams, law enforcement, emergency management, and private sector training. These simulations enhance existing skills and develop new ones. From the newest team member to the experienced incident commander, all will benefit from this uniquely crafted simulation experience.

Sim Center Scenarios Apartments
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Sim Center Scenarios Commercial Buildings
Commercial Buildings
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Sim Center Scenarios Enhanced Simulation Tools
Enhanced Simulation Tools
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Sim Center Scenarios Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Services
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Sim Center Scenarios Special Operations
Special Operations
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Sim Center Scenarios Emergency Management
Emergency Management
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Sim Center Scenarios Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement
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Sim Center Scenarios Public and Private Sector
Public and Private Sector
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