Emergency Response Preparedness

NAtional Incident Management System (NIMS)

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

With the national events of September 11, 2001 and the increase in international terrorism; the impact and scope of emergency response preparedness has markedly changed. Terrorism acts in Tokyo, London, and Madrid have reinforced the need for emergency responders to be capable of communicating and working together in an organized system. These capabilities were clearly addressed by President Bush through Presidential Orders 5 and 8 (which address the need for a National Incident Management System {NIMS}). This system provides for continuity of organizational process at all levels (task, tactical, and strategic), for a unified system of command and communication, for continuity of personnel and victim accountability, and for continuity of terminology in the organizational process.

The origin of NIMS is found in the mid-1980s through a number of fire service organization’s Incident Command systems (i.e., California Firescope, Phoenix Fire Department, and National Fire Academy). This system has been used by members of the START Group for over 20 years and provides a great foundation for NIMS training programs.

START Group offers the following comprehensive training and loss control packages in NIMS:

  • Evaluation of Current Level of Preparedness - Completion of a site review of your Organization’s equipment, response documents, and policies regarding NIMS,along with assistance in developing policies and procedures. Formal written recommendations will be made regarding areas that need improvement.
  • Awareness Level Classroom Training Session - Completion of a turn-key, classroom training session informing all participants of the critical components of NIMS and specific training objectives established for each of the 100, 200, and 400 levels. All sessions focus on the NIMS basic organization structure and process, along with the interface of NIMS within the parent organization and with additional outside response agencies.
  • Operations/Command Level Classroom and Skills Training Session - Completion of small through large scale Operations/Command Level NIMS training involving table top and computer generated simulations. These simulations involve organizational-specific and emergency preparedness-specific scenarios that allow for direct documentation and evaluation of emergency response capabilities. Focus of the training session is at the tactical and strategic decision making levels, along with Command activities (i.e., assumption, transfer, termination).