Incident Command System (ICS) & the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Medical Systems
On September 12, 2006 the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center released the initial version of the NIMS Implementation Activities for Hospitals and Healthcare Systems, which identified specific implementation measures for healthcare organizations. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) required that participating hospitals complete Elements 7, 9, 10 and 11 by the end of FY 2006 (August 30, 2007).
On June 13, 2008 FEMA's Incident Management System Integration Division (formerly NIMS Integration Center) released a revised NIMS Implementation Objectives specific for Hospital and Healthcare Organizations. These revised standards now include 14 objectives that healthcare organizations are encouraged to work toward in order to achieve NIMS compliance.
Currently, OSDH highly encourages health care entities to become NIMS compliant by following current NIMS Implementation Objectives for Healthcare, outlined by ASPR in their NIMS Implementation Objectives for Healthcare
NIMS Training Resources
Incident Command System (ICS) courses can be taken online at: www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/crslist.asp
Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security website lists additional training opportunities available in Oklahoma. Check it out at:
Who has to take NIMS and ICS training?
- All federal, state, local, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel with a direct role in emergency management and response must be NIMS and ICS trained. This includes all emergency services related disciplines such as EMS, hospitals, public health, fire service, law enforcement, public works/utilities, skilled support personnel, and other emergency management response, support and volunteer personnel, as follows:
It is highly recommended that all personnel potentially involved in an emergency response take the Entry Level classes. The links will take you directly to that course webpage on the FEMA website.
* ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent – there are several versions of ICS 100, depending on which discipline you work in (school, hospital, etc.). Please select your discipline to complete the course.
First Line, Single Resource, Field Supervisors. The link will take you to the course webpage.
* IS-700, ICS-100 and ICS-200: Basic ICS or its equivalent
Middle Management: Strike Team Leaders, Division Supervisors, EOC Staff, etc. This link will take you to the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security, who is responsible for coordinating all NIMS and ICS training throughout the state. To register for ICS 300, please follow the instructions on that web page.
Command and General Staff; Area, Emergency and EOC Managers. This link will take you to the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security, who is responsible for coordinating all NIMS and ICS training throughout the state. To register for ICS 300, please follow the instructions on that web page.
* IS-700, IS-800, ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, and ICS-400: Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff
What about elected officials?
- IS-908 offers a very brief (1 hour) introduction to the important role they play in emergency management. Primary audience for this course includes senior officials, mayors, city managers and county managers and is a good stepping-off point into the other two minimum courses for all elected officials who will be interacting with multiple jurisdictions and agencies during an emergency. ICS-100: An Introduction to ICS and IS-700: National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), an Introduction provide a basic understanding of the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System. Everyone directly involved in managing an emergency should understand the command reporting structures, common terminology and roles and responsibilities inherent in a response operation.
What training do I need to be an ICS instructor?
- Please see the information at the NIMS Instructor Program web page.