1. What are the changes that occurred from the HICS 2006 release to HICS 2014?2. Have any of the position titles changed?3. Are educational materials being developed as part of the revision?4. How were decisions made about resource and reference materials for inclusion in the Guidebook?5. How was regional coordination addressed in the revised documents?6. Why are the positions under Job Aids not listed on the Hospital Incident Management Team (HIMT) Chart?7. Why do some HICS Forms appear under the Documents and Tools section of the Job Action Sheets when the position is not an originator of the form?8. Why does the HICS Form 252: Section Personnel Time Sheet appear in all Job Action Sheets, even at the Unit level?9. Why aren't all the HICS Toolkit documents available in Adobe PDF "fillable" format?10. Why am I unable to open the [Word]/.docx files extension available for some of the Appendices?11. Why am I unable to open [PDF]/.pdf files?12. I have Adobe reader installed on my computer, but why am I still unable to view PDF documents in my browser?13. Why am I unable to fill in the PDF "fillable" HICS Forms?14. Will the HICS IV (Revision 2006) documents be available after the new materials are released?15. Are there hard copies of the guidebook available?16. What if I have a question that is not listed here?
The Incident Planning Guides (IPGs), Incident Response Guides (IRGs), and Job Action Sheets (JASs) have been reformated and have all been revised to reflect current practice in emergency management, such as the use of social media in response and recovery.
The revision project did not include the development of education and training materials, such as power point programs or curriculum updates. Each of the chapters in the guidebook begins with a set of objectives, which is intended for the reader to use as learning objectives.
Resource materials were included for those sources that had a direct application to HICS or the Incident Command System (ICS), and for issues identified in Job Action Sheets (JASs), Incident Planning Guides (IPGs), and Incident Response Guides (IRGs). Additionally, these sources had to fit set criteria for availability to the public, including availability to the public at no cost.
Throughout the new material, you will see the phrase: “Regional Hospital Coordination Centers (RHCC) or the equivalent" used. Growing numbers of communities are developing a regional approach to coordinate hospital information sharing and medically-related resource management during a crisis.
The Job Aids provided for the positions of Runner, Scribe, and Emergency Amateur Radio Operator were not applied to the HIMT Chart as they may be assigned to any of several units or sections.
The Documents and Tools section lists those resources that a position may originate, contribute to completion, use for information sharing, or assist in the efficient transfer of briefing a replacement. As with the rest of the JAS, the list of tools should be reviewed and customized by the hospital to include hospital specific tools. Likewise, if a hospital identifies items listed that are not applicable to the mission of the hospital, they may be removed from the JAS or identified as not applicable.
The HICS Form 252: Section Personnel Time Sheet may be applied at all levels where personnel are assigned. The Incident Commander or designee (Section Chiefs) directs the use of this form.
The revision project included the HICS Forms and the Hospital Incident Management Team (HIMT) chart to be provided in Word and Adobe “fillable” PDF format for improved application among hospitals.
To use all document features, California EMSA recommends that you use Microsoft Word 2010 or above. The docx. file extension is the default extension used for files created by Microsoft Word 2007 and later editions. If you are using an earlier version of Microsoft Word, please download the free Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word available here: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word.
The computer being used must have a PDF reader installed. The Adobe reader is available for download here: Adobe Reader.
In some computer set-ups, the user may be unable to open a PDF document in the current browser. To resolve this problem, Right click on link, and select “save target as” (“save link as” in Firefox / Chrome) and save.
Browser plug-ins typically do not support all PDF capabilities. It is recommended to download the HICS Forms first and then open them in Adobe.
Yes, the HICS 2006 materials will be archived and available for download on the California EMSA website here: http://www.emsa.ca.gov/Hospitals
The revision project did not include the development of printed versions. The HICS Guidebook, Appendices and graphics are available for download here: http://www.emsa.ca.gov/disaster_medical_services_division_hospital_incident_command_system
The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) grants permission for these materials to be reproduced or utilized in whole or in part.
If you did not see your question in the list above please email your question to HICS@emsa.ca.gov.
California EMSA encourages feedback to HICS@emsa.ca.gov and may provide other portions of the Toolkit based on feedback.