EPiCS: An interagency training tool
The Emergency Preparedness Incident Command Simulation (EPiCS) is a system of tools that are used to simulate, record and display activities during the response to an emergency event. It utilizes computer-based, scenario-driven, high-resolution simulation. It is used by emergency response agencies to train for emergency situations that require multi-echelon and/or interagency communication and coordination.
The Emergency Preparedness Incident Command Simulation (EPiCS) is a system of tools that are used to simulate, record and display activities during the response to an emergency event.
EPiCS can be used to train operations command and control personnel, rehearse operations, evaluate operations plans, analyze systems effectiveness, and assist in developing techniques and procedures. It provides crisis managers with training that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Using the highly refined, accurate modeling capabilities of EPiCS, incident commanders and operations center personnel at all levels of the organizations can realistically evaluate response plans to various types of emergency situations. Managers and supervisors can dynamically experience the operation of plans and procedures in their native command and control environment.
Data describing the exercise scenario – event, location, personnel and equipment participating in exercise
Classification using iERF axes:
Disaster event: Natural and Man-made disasters
Applications: Planning, training
Entities of interest: Can be built for specific scenarios. Focus on command and control functions.