Unified Command: Simplified

We peel back the layers of complexity of the most misunderstood, misapplied feature of ICS in the toolbox, Unified Command (UC). Finally, an opportunity to learn how to implement UC the way it was meant to be, complete with firsthand advice from practicing professionals.

A Unique Approach

UC is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied features in the ICS Toolbox. Spend two days learning the ins and outs of implementing UC from the Canadian Author of the curriculum and an industry practitioner. Find out what works and what doesn’t and why. Interact with other practitioners and learn their experiences.  The workshop is centered around journalists 5W’s & H methodology of six basic questions to ask when gathering information or solving a problem. The goal of this technique is to gain a factual answer to each question.

  • What: is Unified Command?
  • Who: is in Unified Command?
  • When; do we use Unified Command?
  • Why; do we use Unified Command?
  • Where; do we use Unified Command?
  • How; do we implement Unified Command?

The workshop includes:

  1. History and the Canadian context
  1. Theory
  1. Organisational options
  1. Using P.P.O.S.T to assist in UC membership decisions
  1. The UC meeting in the Planning P
  1. Media relations in UC
  1. Several group activities
  1. Much more!



March 21, 2023 8:00 AM


Two Days

Course Delivery



Bow Valley Square Conference Centre (205 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2V7)

Target Audience

This workshop is open to personnel that are designated Incident Commanders for a local authority or within industry, tasked with managing Type 3 and above incidents


Course content, student materials, catered breaks and lunch.


$ 999.99 CAD

Registration Cut off

March 18, 2023

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Dean Monterey
Dean has over 40 years of experience in the fields of emergency management, environmental protection, fire service and emergency medical service. His experience includes managing services and responses to over 200 major incidents involving multimillion dollar budgets and large teams with multiple stakeholders. Dean has provided services to governments and corporations in the Middle East, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and across North America. He has authored government policies, national ICS curriculum, numerous professional articles, appeared in books and is a guest speaker at international conferences on Emergency Management.
Paul Harris
As an employee and as a consultant, Paul has designed comprehensive emergency management systems and processes for large international and small independent organizations. Paul's real-world experience in managing emergencies allows him to develop fit for purpose solutions including crisis management for domestic and international business ventures. He possesses 35 years of experience in operational leadership roles with the last 27 years focused on emergency preparedness and response. Paul is highly regarded for his skill in designing and facilitating credible and interactive training sessions, including high quality emergency response exercises, coaching and facilitation. He is a voluntary member of the ASIST incident management team to support western Canadian municipalities. Paul has successfully managed public consultation programs aimed at improving stakeholder engagement, acted as Subject Matter Expert for internal audits, and has been an expert witness during regulatory hearings.

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