National Incident Management System

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What Is the National Incident Management System (NIMS)?

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management. 

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For more information on the training requirements for emergency first responders, check out:

Baseline Courses

  • IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction: This independent study course introduces the  NIMS concept. NIMS provides a consistent  nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and  nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident  Command System: This independent study  course introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS  training. It describes the history,  features and principles, and organizational structure of the system. This course also explains the relationship  between ICS and NIMS.

Additional Courses

  • ICS-200  ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: This independent study course is designed to  enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the  ICS. ICS-200 provides training and  resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within  the ICS.
  • IS-800  National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction: The course introduces  participants to the concepts and principles of the NRF.
  • ICS-300  Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents: ICS-300 provides training and resources for  personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered  in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.
  • ICS-400  Advanced ICS: This course provides  training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of ICS. This course expands upon information covered  in ICS-100 through ICS-300.
  • Position-Specific  Training:  These courses are designed  to provide State and local-level emergency responders with a robust  understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of Command and  General Staff members. Exercises,  simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and  apply their new knowledge.   Position-specific training courses include:
    • E/L 950: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific  Incident Commander
    • E/L 952: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific  Public Information Officer
    • E/L 954: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific  Safety Officer
    • E/L 956: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific  Liaison Officer
    • E/L 958: All-Hazards Position Specific  Operations Section Chief
    • E/L 960: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific  Division/Group Supervisor
    • E/L 962: All-Hazards Position Specific Planning  Section Chief
    • E/L 964: All-Hazards Position Specific Situation  Unit Leader
    • E/L 965: All-Hazards Position Specific Resources  Unit Leader
    • E/L 967: All-Hazards Position Specific Logistics  Section Chief
    • E/L 969: All-Hazards Position Specific Communications  Unit Leader
    • E/L 970: All-Hazards Position Specific Supply  Unit Leader
    • E/L 971: All-Hazards Position Specific  Facilities Unit Leader
    • E/L 973: All-Hazards Position Specific  Finance/Admin. Section Chief
    • E/L 975: All-Hazards Position Specific  Finance/Admin. Unit Leader Course

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