Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on course work. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

This second course introduces the more social and political aspect of incident command research, building on the psychological aspects developed in the first course. This course relies heavily on incident command research developed for forest fire command practices. Much of the research is international in scope, arising from Australia, the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States. Key concepts include crew cohesion and leadership style.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Incident Command System Inception and Evolution

Week 1 to Week 2

Unit 2: Research Methods within ICS

Week 3 to Week 4

Unit 3: Crew Cohesion

Week 5 to Week 7

Unit 4: The Role of Doctrine, Organizational Culture and Society

Week 8 to Week 12

What You Will Learn

  • The concepts of ICS, how to create and focus on objectives, develop and implement effective strategies, increase accountability, and facilitate clear communications.
  • To better understand the nuances and complexities of implementing ICS philosophies and the impacts to the humans within our organizations.
  • Concepts associated with scalability, and how as leaders we can reinforce aspects of ICS to lead to successful outcomes through a proactive and strategic approach.


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The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


Before you may enroll in this course you must have successfully completed Theoretical Foundations of Incident Command: Thinking.

Prerequisite: OLCD-FIRE0029 Theoretical Foundations of Incident Command: Thinking

Recommended For

This course is recommended for Fire Service and Emergency Services professionals looking to expand their knowledge of concepts associated with Incident Command Systems and to better understand the evolution of ICS within the Fire Service and society in general.

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Section Title
Theoretical Foundations of Incident Command: Acting
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 07, 2023 to Jun 29, 2023
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,450.00
Required Software
Students will require a webcam and microphone to participate in live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook

NFPA 1026, Standard for Incident Management Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2024 Edition. You can obtain free access to view this document by setting up an account with the NFPA. The document is available here: NFPA 1026

NFPA 1561, Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System and Command Safety, 2020 Edition. You can obtain free access to view this document by setting up an account with the NFPA. The document is available here: NFPA 1561

Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. The syllabus will be available on the course site. The course site on Brightspace will be available to students from 8:00 AM on course start date.

Days and times of scheduled meetings will be announced at a future date. Scheduled sessions: students who are unable to attend live sessions will be able to view a recorded version.

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