Plant Manager/Incident Commander Initial Response

Aims & Objectives

This program provides underpinning knowledge and understanding of the key factors of preparing for, responding to, and maintaining control throughout the development or escalation of an emergency situation.  The delegates will learn how to manage communication, emergency-related information and put into place predetermined plans at the point when the emergency alarm has been raised, to the point when the Plant manager is assured that the emergency is over.  Delegates will also understand how stress can impact on individuals and team performance during emergencies.


Target Group

The Plant Manager / Incident Commander Initial Response Initial Assessment  training is directed towards individuals who are either designated as being in charge of, are members of, or provide support to an emergency management team in an emergency.


Pre-requisite & Periodicity

There are no specific pre-requisites for the PMIC IR training programme.  However, the delegate must be able to demonstrate suitable exposure within his/her sphere of influence.

There is no expiry date for the OPITO approved Plant Manager / Incident Commander Initial Response Initial Assessment Training Certificate.


Duration, Timings & Numbers

The optimum “contact time” for this training is seen as 26 hours. Approximately 35% of the course will be classroom-based, including pre scenario briefings, and 65% is spent on running the scenarios and debriefing.

The total contact time per day will not exceed 8 hours.  The total training day will not exceed 10 hours.

The maximum number of delegates per MEMIR training programme is six (6).


Course Outline

Each delegate must be observed in at least two (2) Command Centre Simulations in the Plant Manager (PM) position. 

Evaluation of delegates will be by continuous observation of their performance during their tenure(s) as EM, each based around a major incident chosen from the following:

  • Type A – a major emergency that is readily controllable if managed appropriately
  • Type B – a major emergency which could escalate if not controlled
  • Type C – a major emergency that the EM is unable to control leading to a full evacuation of the facility


Course Modules & Competency

The following modules and elements will be delivered:


Module 1      Theory of Major Emergency Management

Element 1.1   Major Emergencies

Element 1.2   The Plant Manager / Incident Commander Role

Element 1.3   The Emergency Command Centre facilities and Information Management

Element 1.4   Pre-Planning and Maintaining a State of Readiness

Element 1.5   Dealing with Stress

Element 1.6   Managing Incident Briefing and Time-out Performa


Module 2      Practical Elements of Major Emergency Management

Element 2.1   Assessing the Situation

Element 2.2   Taking Effective Action

Element 2.3   Maintaining Communications

Element 2.4   Delegating Authority 

Element 2.5   Managing Self and Team

Element 2.6   Managing Team using the Incident Briefing and Time-out Performa


Learning Outcomes

To successfully complete this module delegates must be able to:

  • Review, manage and assess the information available in an emergency situation in a timely manner
  • Establish priorities and take effective action
  • Implement predetermined emergency plans and procedures in the context of the current emergency
  • Efficiently communicate information and instructions
  • Keeping appropriate agencies informed through the support ERT
  • Monitor and control resources
  • Evaluate progress and communicate changes in plans and priorities
  • Effectively delegate authority and manage individuals and teams
  • Recognize and deal with stress in themselves and others
Course-Outline-PMIC.pdf (12 downloads)


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