Incident Command & Incident Command
System Training for Industry

The recent military actions around the world have provided a brilliant illustration of how very important support (planning, logistics, etc.) is to a combat operation. The Incident Command System is basically a paramilitary organization fashioned along the lines of a military organization with similar functional designs. It too requires a similar attention to support functions.

Does your current training emphasize their importance?

Emergency response in an industrial plant is somewhat unique and foreign to many municipal emergency response organizations. Their day-to-day responses (and training) limit them somewhat to residential fires, automobile accidents, and maybe an occasional small scale HazMat incident. Command and operations become their primary functions to be used. Hence many fire sponsored training groups place similar emphasis on these same two functions while making the balance of the functions only topics to be mentioned.

An industrial firm that relies on such limited training is leaving itself short-changed when the needs of a catastrophic plant emergency demands more. HSE Solutions, Inc., offers training by an instructor who has first hand knowledge of the importance of every function and can offer that training to you. With over twenty-two years of service to the Marine Corps, Ron Sands brings the knowledge of how very important all these functions are. He served in actual combat operations and many training exercises and he knows their importance. With additional years of experience in industry, he knows how these important functions tie with your needs at an industrial plant. Do you remember the Manhattan Project? Ron has worked at several of those sites. Ron has worked at several nuclear power plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and environmental sites as well. In all cases, Ron was a Safety Officer and/or a Radiation Officer responsible for employee safety and emergency response.

Are your Incident Commanders trained to be proactive?

Do your current Incident Commander trainers have a true understanding of industrial needs? HSE Solutions, Inc., trainers do.

Is your company willing to accept the consequences of a mishandled company or municipal response? We train to give you the necessary knowledge base to protect your company's interests in a catastrophic emergency.

The tough question is, "Are you willing to go through regulatory investigation or appear in court on the basis of your current ability to manage an emergency or on the ability of a municipal agency to manage an emergency for you?"

Remember, Incident Commanders are required to complete an initial training of 24 hours to the First Responder – Operations Level AND additional training to meet OSHA competency requirements. Once trained, Incident Commanders are required to attend annual refresher training. Your personnel are not permitted to function as Incident Commanders if they fail to meet those minimum requirements.

Costs: $2,000.00 – $2,200.00 for up to 15 students, plus travel.
Contact: Bob Borman at (217) 345-2725 or

Worth considering:

  • HazMat training (including Incident Command) at various institutes such as Pueblo, Reno, and Texas A&M, to mention a few, are good; but nobody can polish a company's team on-location with customized realistic challenges like HSE Solutions, Inc.

  • HSE Solutions, Inc., incident management classes are geared for all types of emergencies.

  • HSE Solutions, Inc., teaches quick organizational set-up for efficient emergency response.

  • An instructor steeped in military combat experience fully understands the necessity of making hard decisions in life threatening environments, and will understand the importance of having the necessary support (planning, logistics, finance, operational) to achieve safe and effective operations. These attributes will better equip your company's incident commanders to face tough decisions.

  • You say your local fire department will take charge anyway? Many fire chiefs look to an industrial company for all the help they can get when they respond. The decisions your company's incident commander makes in those first few minutes can decide the overall tempo and thoroughness of response. Our training will help.

Here is a list of related topics we integrate into refreshers to help your company and its emergency responders to move ahead in their competency to respond.

  • IC Stress Management (during and after the emergency), taught by a hospital ER counselor

  • Pre-Planning, steps, measures and tips

  • Checklists (for response preparations and support activities)

  • Leading causes of industrial emergency incidents and accident prevention

  • Communications (common failures and solutions)

  • Emergency Response Situation Assessment and Selection of Strategy

  • Logistics, managing consumables, rentals, and mutual aid resources

  • Evaluation techniques: Response Team capabilities (decon, entry, monitoring, etc.)

  • Team drills, all sizes, realistic and fully site specific

  • Facility Response Plans

  • Documentation techniques and procedures for emergencies

  • Public information needs (media and government authorities)

  • Crisis Management Teams and IC System integration

  • Plant specific tabletop exercises

  • Product Stewardship (Responsible Care) & off-site emergency management

  • Dealing with Department of Transportation and the railroads

  • Terrorism: Dealing with incidents, homeland security and military cooperation and the need for intact evidence

  • Incident Security

  • Coast Guard Regulations

  • Terminating an emergency response

  • Post-emergency cleanup

  • Transfer of Incident Command

  • Management concepts and techniques

  • Politics and community reactions during and after and incident

  • Plant Emergency Response Center design

  • Liaison officer, mutual aid, LEPC, ESDA, federal, state, and local official relationships

  • Hazard Analysis, Hazard Vulnerability and Hazard Identification.