Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. 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
Jan 05, 2024 to Mar 29, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:30PM to 9:00PM
Jan 09, 2024 to Jan 23, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:30PM to 9:00PM
Feb 13, 2024 to Mar 12, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
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. The document is available for purchase here: NFPA 1026

NFPA 1561, Standard on Emergency Services Incident Management System and Command Safety, 2020 Edition. The document is available for purchase here: NFPA 1561

Students can also get a free view-only version by signing up for an account with the NFPA. The link for free viewing access is here: Free access NFPA codes and standards

Section Notes

Note: We are closed from December 22, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive. Access credentials to the course site in Brightspace may be delayed for those who enrol during this time period.

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - click View Details for exact dates. Attendance at live sessions is required to obtain the full participation grade for the course.

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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