The Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS-100 training program was developed as part of the AHEM project. Over the past two years, this pilot program has been tested and fine-tuned at several industry workshops across Canada.

Continuous Improvement

The purpose of AHEM’s online training course pilot is to provide an opportunity for industry to review our adapted ICS training and provide feedback. This information will be used to inform further development of AHEM’s interactive online ICS training program in late 2023.

Getting Started

There is no cost to participate in this pilot. By taking the training and providing your valuable feedback, you are helping to strengthen Canada’s livestock industries.

At the end of the training, you will be directed to a short survey to provide your overall impression of the training program and what changes you would like to see implemented going forward.

Although we are grateful for your contribution to this pilot testing, please note that we are unable to issue ICS/IMS-100 certification. You may contact your provincial ICS/IMS body to inquire whether you can challenge the exam and receive certification.



During an emergency, all levels of government will use an Incident Command System (ICS) or Incident Management System (IMS) approach. The ICS/IMS structure is also used during agriculture emergencies including floods, fires, or serious disease outbreaks.

Traditionally, ICS/IMS training is geared towards fire, police, and health first responders. The framework and examples don’t generally reflect the agriculture context or challenges faced by those who will work alongside first responders during an adverse event. For this reason, AHEM has partnered with industry representatives, government, and certified ICS instructors to adapt the ICS-100 training content to include industry specific examples and scenarios.

The goal of this training program is to increase producer and industry awareness of basic emergency response protocols. This ICS course will help participants to prepare for emergencies that may impact their sector and beyond.

Target audience

All agriculture and food supply stakeholders will benefit from ICS knowledge and skills. This includes:

  • Association staff
  • Board and committee members
  • Veterinarians
  • Transporters
  • Feed company representatives
  • Processing staff, and
  • Other service suppliers and animal health practitioners / professionals

Topics covered

  • Emergency response planning
  • Basic features of ICS Command and general staff functions
  • Interoperability of industry and government agencies
  • Facilities and resources

For more information please contact AHEM

NOTE: The pilot video is available in English. When the online interactive training is developed it will be available in English and French.

I appreciated that this course provided the training through an agriculture lens.

The instruction and materials were excellent and will be a valuable reference going forward.

I will be approaching senior managers in my organization to discuss ICS with them and how it would benefit our future emergency responses.

It was great to see examples of situations that were not only relevant to my work, but also helpful and easy to understand and remember.