HERRIN — As part of routine training, Williamson County Emergency Management Agency coordinator Kelly Urhahn will be providing mid-level Incident Command System training beginning Friday.
Urhahn said she gives these classes routinely with each varying in complexity — she said there are different levels of ICS training depending on a person’s job. This week, Urhahn said her primary focus will be on firefighters. A primary participant in the class will be the Williamson County Fire Protection District, and her class will be made up of either new hires or people who have received promotion and need further training.
According to a document from FEMA, ICS training focuses on transfer of command, unified command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency incident, resource management as well as interagency mission planning and procurement.
While these trainings are required for counties to be in compliance with National Incident Management System standards, it also helps break down silos within emergency communities at the county level. Urhahn she said she often has mixed-agency classes and this sparks good conversation. She said it’s good for one agency to understand what the others do.
Urhan’s ICS-300 class begins Friday and runs through Sunday in Herrin.