The National Academies

NCHRP 20-59(30) [Completed]

Incident Command System (ICS) Training for Field Level Transportation Supervisors and Staff

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Research Agency: San Jose State University Foundation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Frances L. Edwards
Effective Date: 9/18/2014
Completion Date: 12/31/2015



The objective of this research is to develop specialized Incident Command System (ICS) training for field level transportation supervisors and staff. The intended audience is state transportation agency field staff members, but the training would also be applicable to city and county transportation field staff members.


Completed. Materials are available for free download and local customization at https://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/173984.aspx.

This product includes lesson plans, guidance on classroom set-up, complete slide shows with scripts or instructor prompts, instructions for creating materials, and some information about training for adults. Specifically, the materials include:

1. A video presentation with voice-over of the MSPowerPoint slides for the ICS for Field-Level Transportation Supervisors and Staff training course (Format: ISO of an MP4 file)
2. An 
Instructor Guide and Student Course Evaluation (Customizable; Format: ZIP file of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, PDF files).
3. An 
Instructor Guide and Student Evaluation (Customizable; Format: ZIP file of Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint files)
Discussion-Based Training Scenarios, which contain an instructor's guide and student evaluation (Customizable; Format: ZIP file of Microsoft Word files)
ICS Quick Start Cards (Customizable; Format: Microsoft Word)
6. A 
Supervisor’s Folder which includes a materials list and construction information for the field supervisor to carry in the cab of their work vehicle (Format: Microsoft Word).




“Emergency response is becoming a larger part of state, tribal, and local transportation staffs’ responsibilities, from the front office to the front lines. And, with funding tight nationwide, public sector employees are being asked to do more with smaller staffs, including …preparation and response for notice and no-notice incidents. [Training] is needed … to support operations and maintenance personnel to perform reliably and effectively with other partners under the National Incident Management System (NIMS), regardless of the agencies’ size or the nature of the occurrence, leading to improved preparedness for emergencies.”

(from NCHRP Project 20-05 Synthesis Topic 44-12, Interactive Training for All-Hazards Emergency Planning, Preparation, and Response for Maintenance & Operations Field Personnel,  Draft 1)

At present there are specialized versions of the Incident Command System (ICS) at the FEMA Independent Study website for law enforcement, medical personnel, and public works staff members. There is no specialized training for transportation personnel, whose work in opening roads and ensuring the safety of bridges and other infrastructure is the key to all other emergency response. As described in NCHRP Project 20-59(43), Incorporating Transportation Security Awareness into Routine State DOT Operation and Training, most field level transportation staff members work outdoors and gather only at the beginning and end of the work day. Most training has to be delivered as briefing training or on overtime. The lack of financial support for overtime training makes lengthy courses inaccessible to these front line staff members.


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