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The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a structured framework that is designed to coordinate emergency preparedness and incident managment amon various federal, state and local agencies (both government and non-government). One of its key components is the Incident Command System (ICS) which provides a standadrized, on-scene, all-hazards incident managment approach that:
- Allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure
- Enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and functional agencies, both public and private
- Establishes common processes for planning and managing resources.
Cochise County RACES members should complete the following courses within 6 months of joining RACES. These classes are FREE and offered by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA):
- IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
- IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidentshttp://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-200.b
- IS-700.a National Incident Management Sytesm (NIMS) An Introductionhttp://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a
- IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introductionhttp://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b
Click on the individual links above to take you to those courses, or review this link: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.aspx to see the entire online NIMS course catalog.
Note: The FEMA Emergency Management Institute is constantly updgrading these courses and has replaced the older ICS curricula with newer courses that meet NIMS requirements. If you took one of the older ICS-100/200/700/800 series courses you are encouraged to review the updated material and take the newer courses.
Page updated 18 August 2013