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October 12, 2004

United States Fire Administration Releases Incident Command System
Self-Study 2nd Edition

EMMITSBURG, MD - Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced today
the release of the Web-based Incident Command System (ICS) Self-Study, 2nd
Edition, developed by the United States Fire Administration. This new
program provides all First Responders with the basic understanding of NIMS
compliant ICS and also provides the user with an overview and basic
explanation of Incident Command Systems, including organizational structure,
positions and functions, responsibilities and considerations.

"Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, our Nation is resolved to
better prepare to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States and
reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, major disasters, and other
emergencies," said Brown. "These complex and emerging 21st century threats
and hazards demand a unified and coordinated national approach to domestic
incident management."

This program is being offered to all fire service officers and other first
responders and emergency managers, who use, implement, and function within
an incident command system and structure. This self-paced program addresses
some of the issues described in NFPA Standard 1561. No certificate will be
issued for this program. The program has been offered on CD ROM for the past
7 years. It has now been updated and converted to a new Web-based version
placed on the NETC Virtual Campus. To participate in this Web-based course,
go to: and click on the Online Training NETC
Virtual Campus.

The CD-ROM version is also still available for order. To order the CD,
contact USFA Publications at 1-800-561-3356 or visit to
order online. Limit of one (1) per fire department.

On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the
effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal
response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also
initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and
manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire