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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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