Perhaps one of the most important training issues facing the Coast Guard Auxiliary certification of individual members or ICS incident command system. Let’s talk about ICS and NIMS. NIMS is the National Incident Management System and the national plan for various response agencies need to work together to resolve the incident, exercise or drill. Incidents can be as innocuous as Opsal event or visit Queen Mary II requiring coordination within the organization for a successful outcome. NIMS is a national program for the integration of many ideas for potential answer institutions and organizations in order to effectively work together.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers more than 50 courses in the context of the emergency Management Institute (EMI) related to ICS. The course work includes the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary includes ICS 100, 200, and 700 and 800. ICS 300 and 341 for certain members of Team Coast Guard involved in the planning of the ongoing incident. These courses are available from FEMA website.
Who should take ICS course depends on what you do to support the US Coast Guard. They promised to perform certain duties in direct support of Coast Guard missions have gone through extensive personal safety process and have received direct operations (DO) designation you have to complete the ICS 100 and 700 series. In addition, if you are a mariner, pilot, team leader, National employee, or elected to a leadership role in the organization, then you have to take ICS 200, 210, and 800. The reason for the additional claim is simple. You may well be in a position to work with the Coast Guard to gather resources or be exposed to critical sensitive information and help to manage these resources. What you need to know how the Coast Guard operation shifts become larger part of the operating posture.
All members work in the Trident program must complete more courses ICS. Hypothetically, if you are assigned the “resource leader” or “saved leader” of the incident, you have the responsibility to accept orders from the incident commander and direct and perform the operation in response. In order to function effectively within the system you need to know how the system works; especially when the incident commander to take orders from the local fire or police. The time table is important for the members necessary to complete the ICS courses both Active Duty and auxiliaries. Keep these deadline dates in mind: ICS-100 30 June 06, ICS 200 September 30, 06, IS 700
on 30 June 6, 800 by 30 Sept 06. The critical time table for each period has a ramification involving preclusion auxiliaries members to further engage in direct operational activities with the Coast Guard. There is no consequence to complete courses on 30 December 2007, when the party will then be considered Cane (date) if the courses are not completed. These courses are intended for all excipients members may be involved in responding to incidents in leadership roles or participate in the Trident program.
Individual USCG commands can ask Auxiliarists selected to participate in the ICS-300 and ICS-341 concerning mainly for planning while ICS related incident or exercise. ICS-300 and ICS-341 requires seven full training days and is quite challenging but rewarding.
Kevin J. Cady, US Coast Guard Auxiliary