Training

National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command Systems (ICS)

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is one of two methods by which the US government responds to emergencies and disasters. NIMS is not to be confused with the Incident Command System (ICS). NIMS employs ICS when a disaster strikes.

NIMS

Mandated by HSPD-5, in 2005, NIMS is the organization through which disaster management is coordinated. It was designed after the World Trade Center attacks in September, 2001. NIMS is designed to prepare for, prevent, and manage response to emergency and disaster situations, and to coordinate emergency response disaster responders on the local, state and federal levels.

ICS

ICS is a personnel management structure through which disaster response is controlled. ICS was developed by the State of California as a method by which wild fire, earthquakes and other emergencies could be handled efficiently. Flexibility is a main tenet of ICS. When properly implemented, the system allow the development of a command chain of any size that can include government agencies and non-governmental organizations alike.

NIMS compliance is required to remain eligible to receive Federal Grant funding.

NIMS Training Requirements are Based on Position/Responsibilities:

All Emergency Responders, Front Line Employees

First-Line Supervisors

Mid-Level Response Supervisors, Middle Management

Senior-Level Response Managers, Incident Command Staff

EOC/MACS Personnel

Elected and Appointed Officials

  • EMS
  • Firefighting
  • Healthcare/Hospitals
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • Public Information
  • Public works/Utilities
  • Schools
  • Other emergency management, response, support and volunteer personnel at all levels.
  • Single Resource Leaders
  • Field Supervisors
  • Other Emergency Management/Response Personnel who supervise planning, response or recovery operations
  • Unit Leaders
  • Division/Group Supervisors
  • Branch Directors
  • Strike Team and Task Force Leaders

Incident, Unified, & Area:

  • Commanders
  • Safety Officers
  • Liaison Officers
  • Public Information Officers
  • Intelligence Officers
  • Deputies and Assistants
  • Operations Section Chiefs
  • Planning Section Chiefs
  • Logistics Section Chiefs
  • Finance/Administration Section Chiefs
  • Emergency Management and response personnel in an EOC or MAC
  • County Executives
  • Mayors
  • City Managers
  • Agency Administrators
  • Other elected or appointed Senior Officials who have jurisdictional authority, responsibilities, or oversight over response and support operations during an emergency

NIMS and ICS Required and Recommended Training:

All Emergency Responders, Front Line Employees

First-Line Supervisors

Mid-Level Response Supervisors, Middle Management

Senior-Level Response Managers, Incident Command Staff

EOC/MACS Personnel

Elected and Appointed Officials

REQUIRED

  • IS-100b, ICS
  • IS-700a, NIMS

Customized versions of IS-100b are available for:

  • Federal Workers
  • Healthcare/ Hospitals
  • Higher Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Works
  • Schools

REQUIRED

  • IS-100b, ICS Intro
  • IS-200b, ICS Single Resource & Initial Action
  • IS-700a, NIMS

REQUIRED

  • IS-100b, ICS Intro
  • IS-200b, ICS Single Resource & Initial Action
  • IS-700a, NIMS
  • ICS-300, Intermediate ICS
  • IS-800b, NRF Intro

REQUIRED

  • IS-100b, ICS Intro
  • IS-200b, ICS Single Resource & Initial Action
  • IS-700a, NIMS
  • IS-800b, NRF Intro
  • ICS-300, Intermediate ICS
  • ICS-400, Advanced ICS

REQUIRED

  • G-191, ICS/EOC Interface
  • G-775, EOC Mgmt & Ops
  • IS-100b, ICS Intro
  • IS-700a, NIMS
  • IS-701a, MACS
  • IS-706, Mutual Aid
  • ICS-300, Intermediate ICS
  • ICS-400, Advanced ICS
  • IS-800b, NRF Intro

REQUIRED
None

RECOMMENDED

None

RECOMMENDED

None

RECOMMENDED

  • IS-701a, MACS
  • IS-702a, Public Information Systems
  • IS-703, Resource Management
  • IS-704, Communications & Information
  • IS-706, Mutual Aid

RECOMMENDED

  • G-191, ICS/EOC Interface
  • IS-201, IAP Forms
  • IS-701a, MACS
  • IS-702a, Public Information Systems
  • IS-703, Resource Management
  • IS-704, Communications & Information
  • IS-706, Mutual Aid

RECOMMENDED

None

RECOMMENDED

  • G-191, ICS/EOC Interface
  • G-402, ICS Overview for Executives and Senior Officials
  • Additional training based on jurisdictional risk and/or specific interests

County NIMS/ICS Training (Simplified)

All Team Chatham

  • IS-100b Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS-700a NIMS, an introduction
  • Annual Employee Disaster Readiness Program

First Line Supervisors (All Above, Plus)

  • IS-200b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • DisFin Disaster Finance

Mid-Level Managers and Supervisors (All Above, Plus)

  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

Department Heads, Senior Level Managers (All Above, Plus)

  • IS-800b National Response Framework (NRF) Introduction
  • ICS-400 Advanced ICS, Command and General Staff for Complex Incidents

Executive Management (All Above, Plus)

  • IS-908 Emergency Management for Senior Officials

Emergency Operations Center Workers

  • EOC Staff Training
  • WebEOC User Training
  • EOC Supervisor Training

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