Event Training Standards – NIMS

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Hello everybody and thanks for hanging with me on my blog. As I mentioned before my wife and I just became foster parents and got our first placement a couple weeks ago. Both of them are school age so we have been running around like chickens with out heads cut off training to get them ready for school. Becoming first time parents and them being school age to boot has just really thrown a big change to our lives. Anyway enough of my excuses, lets move on to the topic at hand, NIMS

The National Incident Management System(NIMS) was implemented after the Department of Homeland Security was started shortly after 9/11. NIMS is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to be applicable across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity. To improve coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of incident management activities and to provide a common standard for overall incident management.

No matter what the size or type of incident your are working on, NIMS will(should) be used so as a ham radio operator you should know how to work in the system. The two levels of NIMS training that all first responders, including ham radio operators should have is the IS-100 and IS-700 courses. There are other courses that you can take too, most of these courses are free online. The next level of courses that you can take and if you are an officer in your club or are “in charge” of something, you should take the IS-200 and IS-800 courses.

There are many parts to NIMS. There are the everyday average people that volunteer all the way up to the incident commander. Here are a few links that can give you more detailed information:

I’m sorry that this is such a short post. I hope that it is enough that it will at least give you an idea as what what NIMS is and point you in a direction where you can get more information and take the training.

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73 de K5CLM

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