Supporting NIMS compliance efforts remains a cornerstone of the CRCOG’s homeland security initiative. Funding is available to support NIMS training and our Training Coordinator is available to assist our members fill training requirements and work towards full compliance.
NIMS/ICS Training Requirements
NIMS compliance requires the following training courses in the Federal Fiscal Year (FY) indicated;
- IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction (FY08)
- IS-800: National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction (FY08)
- ICS-100: Introduction to ICS (FY08)
- ICS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (FY08)
- ICS-300: Intermediate ICS (FY08)
- ICS-400: Advanced ICS (FY09)
The IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses are available on-line and jurisdictions are encouraged to take advantage of this efficient training method athttp://www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp. The ICS-300 and 400 courses are only available in two day seminar format.
ODP approved training and exercises are eligible for reimbursement. For other than the NIMS required training and regional approved exercises, reimbursement should be preapproved.
Assessing Training Needs
Completion of NIMS training supports local and regional emergency planning efforts and exercise programs. Details regarding who requires each of the compliance courses are available in the NIMS Five-Year Training Plan. Training requirements are defined for an individual’s emergency management role, not their normal duties. As such, each community must review their emergency plan, determine the emergency management/disaster roles for their staff (paid, full time/part time, and volunteer) and then assess each individual’s training needs. For example, a town’s finance director may be assigned during an emergency to the ICS position of Finance/Administrative Section Chief. As such, this individual requires all of the NIMS training programs.
Local Jurisdiction NIMS Compliance Requirements
Today’s concept of emergency management requires local authorities to have the primary responsibility for preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. Most emergencies are handled at the local level, but there are situations when local resources and capabilities are exhausted and mutual aid is called on to assist. If mutual aid doesn’t solve the problem, the incident can be escalated to the regional, state and federal level to ensure needs are met. Complying with NIMS ensures this process will work anywhere in the United States of America.
For additional information, go to the NIMS Resource Center at http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/index.shtm.