National Incident Command System

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The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a consistent, nationwide approach and vocabulary for multiple agencies or jurisdictions to work together to build, sustain, and support an emergency response. First responders including Police, Fire, and emergency managers utilize NIMS to work together to manage any and all incidents including house fires, brush fires, debris flow, earthquakes, and many more. To learn more about the NIMS concepts, please visit FEMA

As a component of emergency preparedness and response, it is important that responders and volunteers understand the Incident Command Structure (ICS). To learn more about ICS, please complete the following trainings. 

  1. ICS 100 - Introduction to Incident Command System
  2. ICS 200 - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  3. ICS 700 - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
  4. ICS 800 - National Response Framework, An Introduction

The command structure can increase and decrease in size based on the incident. Download Chart (PDF)