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ICS 700 - National Incident Management System - An Introduction

Course Overview
On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

Course Objectives
This course introduces NIMS and explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains a "Planning Activity" which gives you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course.


  • Key concepts and principles underlying NIMS.
  • Benefits of using ICS as the national incident management model.
  • When it is appropriate to institute an Area Command.
  • When it is appropriate to institute a Multi-agency Coordination System.
  • The benefits of using a Joint Information System (JIS) for public      information.
  • Ways in which NIMS affects preparedness.
  • How NIMS affects how resources are managed.
  • The advantages of common communication and information management systems.
  • How NIMS influences technology and technology systems.
  • The purpose of the NIMS Integration Center (NIC).

Entry level first responders (including firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services providers, public works on-scene personnel, public health on-scene personnel and other emergency responders) and other emergency personnel that require an introduction to the basic components of the Incident Command System.

NIMS Compliance
This course is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for ICS-700.

Length of Course
4.0 Hours

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