Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Training Course on Basic Incident Command System (ICS) for Disaster Management

Training Course on Basic Incident Command System for Disaster Management was organized on 1st May 2012 at Disaster Management Training Center of Armed Police Force, Kurintar, Nepal. The program was jointly organized by Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), United States Department of Agriculture Forest service (USDAFS) and USAID/Nepal. Participants are from Government Offices: MoHA, MPPW, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Municipalities, Fire Brigades, Hospitals: Teaching &Bir; Nepal Red Cross Society, UN Systems and NSET. This 3-and-half-day long multi-stakeholders capacity building effort is believed to contribute appreciably in due course of enhancing Emergency Response Capacity of Nepali DRM structures.

The Incident Command System (ICS) is "a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response" according to the United States Federal Highway Administration. An ICS is based upon a flexible, scalable response organization providing a common framework within which people can work together effectively. These people may be drawn from multiple agencies that do not routinely work together, and ICS is designed to give standard response and operation procedures to reduce the problems and potential for miscommunication on such incidents. ICS has been summarized as a "first-on-scene" structure, where the first responder of a scene has charge of the scene until the incident has been declared resolved, a more qualified responder arrives on scene and receives command, or the Incident Commander appoints another individual Incident Commander.

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