The National Response Framework (NRF), Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 281

       Course Name: The National Response Framework (NRF), Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR 280 or LAE 280 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course has three parts: 1) National Response Framework (ICS 800) content is an introduction to the concept and principles of the NRF; 2) Intermediate ICS (ICS 300) content provides tactical expertise for personnel on advanced ICS for expanding incidents; and 3) Advanced ICS (ICS 400) content provides management skills for area command or multi-agency coordination for major/complex incidents or events.  Students cannot earn credit for both FIR 281 and LAE 281.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

    ICS 800
  1. Describe the purpose of the National Response Framework.
  2. Describe the response doctrine established by the National Response Framework.
  3. Describe the roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework.
  4. Describe the actions that support national response.
  5. Describe the response organizations used for multi-agency coordination.
  6. Describe how planning relates to national preparedness.
    ICS 300
  1. Describe how the NIMS Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents.
  2. Describe the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System (ICS).
  3. Implement the incident management process on a simulated Type 3 incident.
  4. Develop an Incident Action Plan for a simulated Incident.
    ICS 400
  1. Explain how major incidents engender special management challenges.
  2. Describe the circumstances in which an Area Command is established.
  3. Describe the circumstances in which multi-agency coordination systems are established.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

    ICS 800
  1. National Response Framework Overview
  2. Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Response Actions
  4. Response Organization
  5. Planning
  6. Course Summary – Putting it All Together
    ICS 300
  1. Incident Command System Fundamental Review
  2. Unified Command
  3. Assessment and Agency Guidance in Establishing Incident Objectives
  4. Planning Process
  5. Incident Resource Management
  6. Demobilization, Transfer of Command, and Closeout
  7. Course Summary
    ICS 400
  1. Fundamental Review for Command and General Staff
  2. Major and/or Complex Incident /Event Management
  3. Area Command
  4. Multi-agency Coordination
  5. Course Summary

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will employ interactive lectures, discussions, in-class group activities, in-class assignments, group project, and / or demonstrations.  Instruction is designed to maximize student master of the learning objectives of this course.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course will be presented face-to-face and hybrid
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Group Discussions and Activities
  • Group Project
  • Table Top Exercises
  • Written Quizzes and Examinations

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Beyond Initial Response: ICS, By Tim Deal, 2nd Edition, 2010

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale:

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
59 and below F
Homework 5  points
Activity #1 5  points
Activity #2 5  points
Activity #3 5  points
Quizzes 20  points
Exam #1 20  points
Exam #2 20  points
Exam #3 20  points
TOTAL      100  points

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at