The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is
pleased to announce the public release of the Fifth Edition of
the Hospital Incident Command System (HICSi). This conclusion of
the multi-year revision process is the culmination of extensive
national stakeholder input. The California EMSA wishes to thank
all participants in this endeavor that exemplifies unprecedented
collaboration among both public and private healthcare and
emergency management partners from communities across the local,
regional, state, and national levels. This HICS, Fifth Edition is
offered to assist hospitals and the healthcare community
nationwide with their emergency management goals.
Special recognition is given to a multitude of individuals and
groups for their invaluable contributions. This includes Ex
Officio members from the following organizations: the American
Hospital Association (AHA); The Joint Commission; the U.S.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans’ Health Administration,
Office of Emergency Management; the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
(ASPR), National Healthcare Preparedness Programs; the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management
Agency, National Integration Center; and the American Society for
Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).
The California EMSA also extends special gratitude to Kaiser
Permanente and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the HICS Final
Review Group, the HICS 2011 National Summit Stakeholders, the
HICS National Workgroup and the HICS Secondary Review Group