National Incident Management System (NIMS)

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NIMS/ICS Background History

While a local government handles most emergencies, local government may need assistance from neighboring jurisdictions, the State, and/or the Federal government when a major incident overwhelms its resources.

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was developed, under a presidential directive, so responders from different jurisdictions and disciplines can work together better to respond to natural disasters and emergencies, including acts of terrorism.

State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local jurisdictions will be required to meet the FY2007 NIMS implementation requirements as a condition of receiving federal preparedness funding assistance (including DHS & FEMA grants) in FY2008.

Through Incident Command System (ICS) training, NIMS provides a unified approach to incident management; standard command and management structures; and emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management.

It is important to recognize that NIMS implementation is a dynamic system, and the doctrine and implementation requirements will continue to evolve as our prevention, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities improve and our homeland security landscape changes. New personnel will continue to need NIMS training, and NIMS processes will still have to be exercised in future years.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Board adopted NIMS as the standard for incident management (both policy and organizational/operational levels) in the Cities and County.

NIMS/ICS Course Training

Because the majority of the employees are considered “front-line” staff (first responders, i.e. law enforcement, public works, public heath, etc.) as per their job description, they would only be required to take certain “basic” courses that provide a general overview of the ICS structure.

On the other hand, their respective superiors (first line supervisors, middle-management, etc.) would not only be required to take the courses that are required to be taken by “front-line” staff but also additional courses.

The “basic” courses can be taken via one of two settings: online (24/7) or classroom (limited offering).

ICS 300 and ICS 400 courses are available only in a classroom setting.

NIMS/ICS Course Training Guidelines
(based in part, but not exclusively, on current job description)

Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:
Entry level first responders & disaster workers

  • Emergency Medical Service personnel

  • Firefighters

  • Hospital staff

  • Law Enforcement personnel

  • Public Health personnel

  • Public Works/Utility personnel

  • Skilled Support Personnel

  • Other emergency management response, support, volunteer personnel at all levels

  • FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
  • ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:
First line supervisors, single resource leaders, field supervisors, and other emergency management/response personnel that require a higher level of ICS/NIMS Training.
  • FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
  • ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
  • ICS-200: Basic ICS or equivalent
Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:
Middle management including strike team leaders, task force leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center staff.
  • FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
  • FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction*
  • ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
  • ICS-200: Basic ICS or equivalent
  • In FY07, ICS-300: Intermediate ICS or equivalent
Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include:
Command and general staff, select department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, area commanders, emergency managers, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center managers.
  • FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
  • FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction*
  • ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
  • ICS-200: Basic ICS or equivalent
  • And in FY07, ICS-300: Intermediate ICS or equivalent
  • In FY08, ICS-400: Advanced ICS or equivalent

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