Course Description

CCII’s five day Unified Incident Commanders course will provide education, exercise training, subject matter expert presentations and comprehensive case studies within the field of Unified Command. Training that addresses the Unified Command process, a team effort process, allows all agencies with geographical or functional responsibility for an incident, to assign their Incident Commander to a Unified Command Group. The Unified Command then establishes a common set of incident objectives and strategies that all can subscribe to. This is accomplished without losing or giving up agency authority, responsibility or accountability. Unified Command represents an important element in increasing the effectiveness of multijurisdictional or multi-agency incidents. As incidents become more prolonged, complex and involve more agencies, the need for Unified Command is increased. Joint training will emphasize command and coordination, resource management, information management and communication.

This course is designed for response personnel who have high level operational leadership background, experience working with responders from other organizations (or anticipated), and experience with critical incident response. Since this is a key position in the Unified Command Group, attendance should be based on Incident Command experience versus rank.

Attendees should include Senior Police Officers assigned the responsibility of Incident Commander for Critical Incident Response, Senior Fire Service members whose primary responsibility is Incident Commander, any emergency response leader that represents an agency or jurisdiction having responsibility to manage a critical incident at the Command Level and Incident Commanders assigned to a response organization responsible for public safety, mitigation of  harm to human health, security, the environment and the economy.

Attendees should demonstrate good leadership, interpersonal and communications skills, a solid grasp of political, social, environmental, and economic issues; experience in risk-based decision making and an in-depth knowledge of substantive aspects of critical incident response.

Learning objectives (5 day training course with integrated team tabletop exercises):

  • Understand the need for one set of objectives is developed for the entire incident

  • Appreciate the collective approach to developing strategies to achieve incident objectives, including education on scope of authority for each agency (who is in charge of what and how can we work together)

  • Comprehend information flow so that coordination is improved among all jurisdictions and agencies involved in the incident

  • All agencies with responsibility for the incident understanding one another’s authorities, priorities and restrictions and ensuring that no agency’s authority or legal requirements are compromised or neglected (i.e. Police, Fire, EMS, OFM, Coroner, Emergency Management Co-ordinator, Public Health, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Labour, Coast Guard, Industry, Stakeholders, Search and Rescue, Stakeholders etc.)

  • Members are clear on their jurisdictional or agency limitations and understand the legal, political, jurisdictional, or safety restrictions of all responding agencies

  • Commanders are fully aware of the plans, actions, and constraints of all others at the incident

  • Understand the combined efforts of all agencies are optimized as they perform their respective assignments under a single Incident Action Plan identifying response priorities, constraints, and incident objectives

  • Work together to identify and clarify roles and responsibilities including jurisdictional responsibilities and individual agency policies

  • Realize that duplicative efforts are reduced or eliminated under UIC, thus reducing cost and chances for frustration and conflict

  • Achieve direct impact on response priorities improving acting public safety and trust


Attendees must have successfully completed, at minimum, Incident Command System - ICS 100 or Incident Management System IMS 100 (Introduction to the Incident Management System for Ontario) training available online for self-study.

It is strongly recommended that attendees have completed Incident Command Training within their own scope of jurisdiction (i.e.: Police CIC, Major Incident Command, IR 200 or equivalent).

It is strongly recommended that attendees complete Incident Command System - ICS 200 or  Incident Management System IMS 200  - Basic Incident Management System

This course is led by Monique Rollin, Inspector (ret.), a former senior police officer of 32 years’ service, who has experience as a Critical Incident Commander and  who will partner with subject matter experts having responsibility to manage a critical incident at the Command Level from other response agencies. Monique trains police Incident Commanders throughout Canada and is experienced and trained in IMS, ICS International Response, ICS-400 Advanced ICS, G-191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface, IS-701.A: NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS), G-386 Mass Fatalities Incident Response and International Unified Incident Command with the US Coast Guard.

For more information and a quote contact:

Monique Rollin, Vice President & Director of Training



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